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Recent Popular Writing on Politics and Policy

Why McConnell Gets Away With Filibustering

March 21, 2021

Accountability suffers when a united minority party can kill popular ideas without leaving a mark.

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The origins of the Republican Party’s plutocratic populism

July 7, 2020

Plutocrats drive Republicans’ agenda even as the party uses race to court non-wealthy whites.

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Republicans Think They Can Get Away With It. They Might Be Right.

May 27, 2020

The leaders of the governing party can’t seem to stop doing and proposing unpopular things.

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The Republican Devolution: Partisanship and the Decline of American Governance

August 1, 2019

It is a measure of the chaos of Donald Trump’s presidency that just months after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, nobody in Washington seems to remember it.

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Why Technological Innovation Relies on Government Support

March 28, 2016

Andy Grove’s life reveals the role of public investment in creating and nurturing Silicon Valley—and the dangers of disinvestment.

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The Real Cause of the Flint Crisis

March 7, 2016

America’s infrastructure was once the envy of the world, but in an era of government-bashing, it has been allowed to crumble.

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Talks & Podcasts

Rethinking American Political Economy

November 17, 2021

Two leading US political scientists discuss how globalisation, economic inequality and democratic erosions are reshaping American political life.

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How inequality and white identity politics feed each other

August 6, 2020

Conservative parties operating in modern democracies face a dilemma: How does a party that represents the interests of moneyed elites win mass support?

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Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson: How the Right Rules

July 9, 2020

As President Trump seeks a second term in office, the apparent makeover of the GOP from a tax-cutting old guard into a populist new guard is a critical part of the upcoming 2020 election.

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