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    Unfolding evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District shows the urgent need for reform of state election systems

Unfolding evidence of election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District shows the urgent need for reform of state election systems

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This week an evidentiary hearing began in the North Carolina state capital over allegations of election fraud in last November’s US House election for the 9th District. Mary Jo Shepherd writes that the apparent ‘harvesting’ of absentee by mail ballots by a Republican campaign consultant may have been spotted and dealt with had the election directors in the local […]

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    In politics, dysfunctionality has always been the American way

In politics, dysfunctionality has always been the American way

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“Dysfunctional” has become an inescapable adjective in discussions of American government in the Age of Trump – for good reason. Ron Pruessen suggests that dysfunctionality has deep roots in American history. As both an operational reality and an often-unappreciated intellectual current, it has staying power that will still be in play when a 46th president (hopefully sooner, perhaps later) […]

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    Why the US’ complex federal system will blunt the worst aspects of Trump’s transgressive presidency.

Why the US’ complex federal system will blunt the worst aspects of Trump’s transgressive presidency.

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For 230 years federalism, as set out in the Constitution, has been the bedrock of the US system of government. John Kincaid writes that American federalism has evolved to become a mixture of dual powers and responsibilities, and cooperation and coercion between the federal government and the states. He argues that it is these facets of federalism which are […]

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    Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

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In Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, Bruno Latour explores the political and philosophical challenges proper to a time defined by an environmental and socio-economic crisis. Rodrigo Muñoz-González welcomes this energetic, compelling and provocative attempt to find an alternative vision to the contradictory and flawed project of modernity. 

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Bruno Latour (trans. by Catherine […]

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    Book Review: Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education edited by Marc Spooner and James McNinch

Book Review: Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education edited by Marc Spooner and James McNinch

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In Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education, editors Marc Spooner and James McNinch bring together contributors including Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Eve Tuck to offer critical perspectives on the impact of neoliberalism and new managerialism on universities. Grounded in rigorous research, this is a worthy read for scholars, policymakers and education practitioners, writes Khalaf Mohamed Abdellatif.

Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education. Marc Spooner and […]

February 17th, 2019|Book Reviews, Education|0 Comments|
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    Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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Matthew Leep and Jeremy Pressman find that foreign criticism of Israel is modestly consequential, but is generally on par with domestic (American) criticism. They also suggest that Americans might be willing to discount foreign criticism in the face of bipartisan domestic support for Israel.

Foreign sources potentially provide important information and perspectives on international affairs for domestic audiences. While there […]

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    Paradoxically, stricter lobbying laws can actually hurt transparency. Here’s how to improve them.

Paradoxically, stricter lobbying laws can actually hurt transparency. Here’s how to improve them.

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Like it or not, lobbying has become a major part of the American political process. And while laws have been passed by both the federal and state governments to regulate lobbyists’ activities, James Strickland finds that in some cases, they may actually hurt transparency. He writes that US states with more regulations on lobbyists see lower registration rates than […]

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    The coalition which helped Trump win has not helped him to advance his policy agenda as president – and Democrats should take note.

The coalition which helped Trump win has not helped him to advance his policy agenda as president – and Democrats should take note.

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Despite his claims to the contrary, the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency has been one of legislative failure, as the recent government shutdown illustrated. Zachary Albert and David Barney argue that one reason for Trump’s difficulties in achieving his Congressional agenda has been his weak coalition of support within his own party. While Trump was able to […]

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    China’s Great Wall reminds us that walls are not good or evil. What’s important is who controls who flows through them.

China’s Great Wall reminds us that walls are not good or evil. What’s important is who controls who flows through them.

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Walls have very much been in the news of late, with President Trump pushing for a “big, beautiful wall” on the border with Mexico to prevent the entry of undocumented immigrants. But not all walls are inherently bad, writes William A. Callahan. Using China’s Great Wall as an example, he argues that we need to understand them as gateways […]

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    The ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’ of Trump’s State of the Union reveal how he wants Americans to think about gender and ethnicity.

The ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’ of Trump’s State of the Union reveal how he wants Americans to think about gender and ethnicity.

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Last week President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. As in previous addresses, Trump invited a number of Americans that he characterized as ‘heroes’ and ‘victims’. Patrick A. Stewart argues that Trump’s choice to spotlight mostly white men as ‘heroes’ and women and African Americans as ‘victims’ in his State […]

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