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    Book Review: How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw

Book Review: How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw

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In How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables – available to download here – editors Mark Graham et al offer 38 stories written by academics that utilise speculative fiction to explore how cities might look, feel and function, and the effects on society, economics and politics, if different business models and technologies were applied to the running of cities. The […]

Book Review: The Meritocracy Trap by Daniel Markovits

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In The Meritocracy Trap, Daniel Markovits argues that rather than aiding social mobility, the concept of meritocracy has become the single greatest obstacle to equal opportunities in the United States today. This provocative book marshals extensive evidence to show the tenacity of meritocracy’s narrative pull and how easy it is to get entangled in its logic, writes Phil Bell, […]

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    How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

How economists view the policy response to the Covid-19 crisis so far

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A panel of experts discusses the interaction between containment measures and economic activity, and the need for investment to support the medical response to the health emergency, writes Romesh Vaitilingam.

Just two weeks ago, the likelihood of a major US recession as a consequence of the public health challenge was still in doubt. In the past few days, the number […]

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    Donald Trump has escaped criticism for the $2 Trillion Covid-19 stimulus. A Democratic president would not have. 

Donald Trump has escaped criticism for the $2 Trillion Covid-19 stimulus. A Democratic president would not have. 

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Last week President Trump signed an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at protecting workers and businesses threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps equally surprising was the relative lack of opposition from Republicans, who at other times are opposed to increased government spending and growing deficits. Drawing on their work on how party-supporters feel about budget deficits and how the media […]

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    The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

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While there has been a great deal of attention paid to how President Trump has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alexandra Cockerham and Robert E. Crew Jr. argue that, to get a true sense of the country’s response, we should look at the actions of state governors and mayors within states. While the federal government has tried to coordinate some […]

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    Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

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Since his election campaign, President Trump has had an adversarial relationship with the news media, branding them the “enemy of the people” after his inauguration. Porismita Borah writes that during the current Covid-19 emergency, the President has continued to fuel public distrust for the media as well as making inaccurate statements about the threat the virus poses. She argues […]

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    Primary Primers: Wisconsin shows how the Covid-19 pandemic has made holding elections much more difficult.

Primary Primers: Wisconsin shows how the Covid-19 pandemic has made holding elections much more difficult.

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Wisconsin is set to hold its presidential primary on April 7th, the first to do so following directives for its citizens to stay at home during the Covid-19 outbreak. Ahead of the primary, Wendy Scattergood writes on the electoral challenges that now face the state, from the impending shortage of poll workers and ballots, court challenges over a purge […]

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    Why states should concentrate on job creation schemes over other forms of business incentives.

Why states should concentrate on job creation schemes over other forms of business incentives.

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Most US states offer financial incentives to attract businesses to their communities and to encourage the growth of those already there. But how do such incentives affect states’ financial positions? By studying five types of financial incentives across 32 states, Bruce D. McDonald, III, J.W. Decker and Brad A.M. Johnson find that almost all such measures generally lead to […]

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    Book Review: Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method, and International Relations by Sophie Harman

Book Review: Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method, and International Relations by Sophie Harman

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In Seeing Politics: Film, Visual Method and International Relations, Sophie Harman explores film as a method and output of research in International Relations, drawing on her experience of creating the narrative feature film, Pili, informed by decolonial and feminist approaches. In presenting the making of the film as a process of learning and a method capable of finding the limits of […]

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    Book Review: Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System by Paul Blustein

Book Review: Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System by Paul Blustein

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In Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System, Paul Blustein dives below the foam and froth of the China-US bilateral rivalry to craft a critical understanding of China and its impact on trade and the international order. The book is useful reading for those seeking to understand the ‘China Shock’ and the ensuing trade conflict between China and […]

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