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  • 29 Apr 2024
    Patrick J. Kenney, Kim L. Fridkin

    Choices in a Chaotic Campaign:  Looking Forward to the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

    We write this blog knowing the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  We are not fully aware, though, how changes in the political landscape from 2020 to 2024 will alter how citizens make decisions at the ballot box.  In our book, Choices in a […]

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  • 17 Jul 2023
    Robert Kubinec

    Arabs Want Democracy—But Not With Corruption

    Despite the costly efforts of Arab activists and citizens over the past decade of the Arab Uprisings, today no Arab state can claim to be fully democratic. Two countries, Egypt and Tunisia, traveled farthest down the path towards democracy, and Tunisia witnessed ten years of democratic elections–but today neither country protects the rights of citizens […]

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  • 13 Sep 2022
    James McCann, Walter J. Stone

    Power and Polarization in a Republic at Risk

    Representation in the United States has always been a risky proposition. In principle, congressional lawmakers have strong incentives to collaborate on the creation of policies that constituents demand, even as they check and balance each other and the president. Ultimately the public interest is served through the fair and timely channeling of group pressures through […]

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  • 11 Jan 2021
    Christopher Ansell, Jacob Torfing

    Co-creation: A new recipe for public governance?

    For more than 30 years, the public sector has focused on delivering public services more efficiently. Rationalization efforts, productivity campaigns and spending cuts have replaced the postwar expansion of public sector. Years of cost saving have eliminated the slack in public service organizations, and further cuts in public expenditure are likely to hurt public employees, […]

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  • 6 Aug 2019
    Will Walker, Wendy Wagner

    Information overload in the legal sphere

    TMI (“too much information”), TLDR (“too long; didn’t read”), and DNC (“does not compute”).  These acronyms offer painful reminders of our contemporary relationship with information.   Many of us, particularly those in the legal field, face a steady stream of abstruse and over-complicated information: from convoluted contracts to wordy and confusing statutes and regulations. A superficial […]

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  • 13 Jun 2019
    Ahmet T. Kuru

    Is Religion-State Separation Possible in Islam?

    In both academia and the media, a well-known perception is that Christianity essentially embraces religion-state separation whereas Islam essentially rejects it. Defenders of this perception provide some textual evidences. To show religion-state separation in Christianity, they quote a Biblical phrase, “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are […]

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