Elections in the US are skewed: twice in the last twenty years, the winner of the popular vote in a presidential election has lost the Electoral College vote. Steven Mulroy argues that only by adopting Proportional Representation can the US overcome current electoral challenges like gerrymandering and the “Big Sort”. He writes that countries such as Australia have successfully […]
Donald Trump’s rhetoric isn’t the end of the presidency as we know it, but a symptom of what it has become
President Trump’s use of Twitter to engage directly with the public may seem like a new era for the presidency. But, argues Christopher Putney, Trump’s tendency to reach out directly to voters is actually the latest iteration of a form of presidential rhetoric that is a century old. Looking back to Woodrow Wilson, he reminds us, that in the […]
Trump is learning the wrong lessons from Ronald Reagan – innovation policy is better than protectionism
Donald Trump has cited the example of one of his US presidential predecessors, Ronald Reagan, in support of his protectionist policies. But as research by Ufuk Akcigit, Sina Ates and Giammario Impullitti shows, it was the Reagan administration’s innovation policy – not a retreat from globalisation – that promoted long-run growth in the US economy.
In March 2018, […]
Primary Primers: Many of the candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary want to re-write America’s foreign policy
Since the early 1990s, US foreign policy has largely centered on promoting and preserving – often via military interventions – the rules-based order of democracy and free-trade across the world. Thomas Furse writes that many candidates in the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary field advocate that the US pursues a more restrained foreign policy – one that emphasizes consent, not […]
Book Review: Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation by Abigail Fisher Williamson
In Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation, Abigail Fisher Williamson presents a panorama of local US policymaking, showing variation among numerous localities in their response to growing immigrant populations in new destinations. The book offers an in-depth and well-structured look at the dynamics of local politics and local immigrant policies, writes M. Utku Gungor.
Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant […]
Book Review: Looking Back and Living Forward: Indigenous Research Rising Up edited by Jennifer Markides and Laura Forsythe
In Looking Back and Living Forward: Indigenous Research Rising Up, Jennifer Markides and Laura Forsythe bring together contributors to explore a wide range of topics relating to Indigenous philosophies, methodologies, histories, resurgences, theories and practices. This collection will open readers’ eyes to the diversity and depth of research currently being undertaken in Indigenous studies and is recommended to those looking to […]
In a work context, surveillance and data collection raise issues that go beyond privacy concerns based on individual rights, writes Aiha Nguyen.
Whether it’s the use of closed circuit televisions or keycard access to track movement, expectations of privacy are often left at the door when an employee enters the workplace. New technologies are enabling greater and more pervasive forms […]
Local sales taxes may be the answer for local governments in need of additional money to pay for increasing transportation costs.
America’s infrastructure is frequently said to be in a sorry state, and the nation’s roads are no exception. Whitney Afonso points out that local governments are responsible for 3/4 of the country’s roadway miles. She argues that one way that counties and cities can fund road improvements is via introducing or increasing local sales taxes. There is good evidence, […]
Senators who vote against their party to end debate are more likely to win tough re-election races back home.
In the contemporary US Senate the votes that count are those to end debate and to proceed with the motion at hand. In new research Carlos Algara and Joe Zamadics look at why some Senators break with their party and vote to end debate rather than sustain a filibuster. They find that when majority party Senators defect for such […]