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    Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

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This year has seen several states adopt fetal “heartbeat” bills which would effectively ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Alex Garlick looks at why these bills are surfacing now, given that Roe v. Wade has been settled law for over 45 years. Drawing on a model of agenda setting, he argues that ambitious state legislators and Governors […]

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    Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

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In Re-Engineering Humanity, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger explore how the rise of new technologies and datafication grounded in machinic rationality risk conditioning humans to become more machinic-like in turn. As the book seeks to consider how the value of the human can be protected from the consequences of data creep, it will prompt readers to look at otherwise taken-for-granted technology […]

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    Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

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In Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities, editors Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont assemble a collection of key contributions to critical conversations and research regarding online activity, activism, archiving, academia, systemic discrimination and interlocking inequalities, writes Francesca Sobande. 

Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities. Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont (eds). University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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    So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

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President Trump’s offer to buy Greenland reflects an increased American interest in the territory. As Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen writes, while Greenland will not be sold any time soon, complicated trilateral negotiations will commence, where Denmark will have to strike a balance between several pressures.

Although President Trump’s recent offer to buy Greenland from Denmark was always unlikely to succeed, the […]

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    When it comes to how cities raise and save money, state government policies can often have a big influence  

When it comes to how cities raise and save money, state government policies can often have a big influence  

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Towns and cities in the US are often constrained by rules and regulations about how they can spend and raise money which have been made by the state to which they belong. In new research, Yu Shi, Nisa Aydemir and Yonghong Wu look at how various state-level policies such as fiscal decentralization and tax and expenditure limits affect which revenue […]

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    How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

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This year has seen a number of mass shootings and attacks by those who are hostile to immigrants because of fears about racial and ethnic change. In a new study, Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad find that many Americans are concerned about Whites becoming a minority in the next three decades, and that their views on immigrants also […]

So, who are the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates?

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Ahead of the third Democratic debate this Thursday, USAPP blog Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, profiles each of the candidates who have qualified for the debate and their chances for breaking out into the top polling tier.

 

Top Tier – polling above 20 percent
Former Vice-President Joe Biden
Who are they? If you only know one candidate in the Democratic race, it’s probably […]

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    With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

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In August a member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) resigned, paralyzing the ability of the independent agency which oversees US elections to do its job. Melissa M. Smith writes that the FEC has been dysfunctional for a long time: its enforcement actions have been largely slow and relatively toothless. And with the Republican Party in control of the […]

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    Book Review: The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation by Carl Frey

Book Review: The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation by Carl Frey

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In The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation, Carl Benedikt Frey explores automation and its consequences, taking the reader on a long sweep of UK and US industrial history that demonstrates the distinction between labour-enabling and labour-replacing technologies. As arguably the most comprehensive account of automation to date, this book deserves to be read widely, […]

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    Book Review: Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System by Steven Mulroy

Book Review: Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System by Steven Mulroy

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In Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System, Steven Mulroy offers comprehensive considerations of arguments in favour of and against proposed reforms of US election law. This is an excellent and engaging read that exposes the structural flaws in the US government system and provides tangible, achievable proposals to address them, writes Erica Frazier.

Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System. […]

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