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    How the Panama Canal reshaped the economic geography of the United States

How the Panama Canal reshaped the economic geography of the United States

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More than a century ago, the opening of the Panama Canal revolutionized international trade by making it much quicker and easier to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But, write Stephan Maurer and Ferdinand Rauch, the canal’s opening also had a significant impact on the economic geography of the US. By examining county level data from 1900 to […]

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    Why plain English summaries of judgments could help improve the Supreme Court’s public image

Why plain English summaries of judgments could help improve the Supreme Court’s public image

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When the United States Supreme Court issues a decision it is down to the media to explain the ruling and to put it into context. In new research covering two decades’ worth of Supreme Court rulings, Matthew P. Hitt and Kathleen Searles find that the media has increasingly framed them as victories or defeats for a certain side. This […]

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    Book Review: Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide by Jonathan A. Rodden

Book Review: Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide by Jonathan A. Rodden

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Parties of the centre-left in the US, the UK and a number of other countries win legislative power less frequently that their centre-right competitors, relative to the share of the votes they get at elections. This is because of the electoral system deployed in these countries and the geographies of party support. Ron Johnston reviews an important new book, […]

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    Book Review: The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara

Book Review: The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O’Mara

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In The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, Margaret O’Mara provides a new account of the region’s evolution that brings the US government into the story. The book offers a compelling narrative that tracks the key players and events that have underpinned Silicon Valley’s tremendous, but messy, rise, writes Robyn Klingler-Vidra, while also underscoring the gender imbalance and casual misogyny […]

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    Medical marijuana laws’ economic impact on organised crime

Medical marijuana laws’ economic impact on organised crime

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They make trafficking less profitable, reducing the benefit of investing in an expensive violence apparatus to protect supplies, write Evelina Gavrilova, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman.

Most large criminal organisations engage in international drug trafficking. Organisations such as the mafia and Mexican drug cartels have a comparative advantage in the drug market because they are willing and able to engage […]

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    Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

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Since 2001, the US has been engaged in a global campaign of counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Tom Watts writes that if a Democrat is elected to the White House in 2020, the ‘Forever/Endless War’ is unlikely to end. As presidential candidates, both Barack Obama and Donald Trump pledged to change how transnational terrorist organisations were fought, […]

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory was an outlier. Here’s how to encourage more Latino candidates to run for office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory was an outlier. Here’s how to encourage more Latino candidates to run for office.

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Ahead of the 2018 midterms, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made international headlines by unseating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination for New York’s 14th US House District. In new research, Angela X. Ocampo and John L. Ray find that Ocasio-Cortez’s example is an unusual one: because of limited party support, Latinos are generally far less likely to run for […]

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    Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

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In recent weeks President Trump has put increasing pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, with the Persian Gulf nation responding by shooting down a US drone and harassing shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Christian Emery writes that President Trump’s ability to harm the Iranian economy through sanctions, over the objections of China and the EU, illustrates that […]

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    Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

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Freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed like flexibility, but they would much prefer job security, writes Nikhil Datta.

The past two decades have seen a large increase in the number of workers engaged in “atypical” work arrangements. This type of work includes employment like zero-hour contracts (ZHCs), gig work such as driving an uber or taskrabbiting, and various types of […]

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    Book Review: Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life by Colin Milburn

Book Review: Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life by Colin Milburn

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In Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life, Colin Milburn offers a detailed analysis of the entanglements of game cultures, political activism and the sociotechnical dilemmas of our present, drawing on a plethora of game examples and histories, online discussion threads and imagery. This is an engaging account that will be of interest to all those working at the intersections of digital media […]

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