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  • 6 May 2024
    Joseph P. Tomain, Sidney A. Shapiro

    The Necessary Mix

    Market favoritism has been aggressively supported for more than 50 years by the Right and adopted by many on the Left. The emphasis has been on the priority of markets over government for solution to policy problems and for enhancing political liberties. Our book, How Government Built America, flips the script by arguing the strength […]

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  • 4 Dec 2023
    Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 24 Aug 2023
    Jacob Eisler

    Balancing Justice and Autonomy in Democratic Design

    As democracy across the globe faces new stresses and dramatic challenges, the power of the judiciary to reshape electoral procedure is increasingly important. Yet underlying any judicial intervention – for good or for ill – in how people rule themselves is a threshold question: why does the judiciary have authority over the essence of democracy […]

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  • 5 Apr 2023
    Wendy E. Parmet

    How Courts Make Us Sick

    More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is an unhealthy country. During the pandemic, the United States lost more people per capita to COVID-19 than any other high-income country and life expectancy, which was lower in the United States before the pandemic than in any other wealth country, […]

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  • 27 Feb 2023
    Wendy J. Schiller, Kaitlin Sidorsky

    Guns and Domestic Violence: Why Federal Laws Fail to Keep Women Safe

    Tausha Haight, her five children and her mother were all shot to death in January 2023 by her husband, whom she had filed for divorce from just weeks earlier, and who had been investigated for child abuse two years before that. Less than a month later, Linda Robinson and her son Sebastian were murdered by […]

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  • 12 Jul 2022
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    H. Jefferson Powell

    History, Rights, and Constitutional Law

    The Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruled Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case recognizing a right to an abortion, and the 1992 Casey decision that reaffirmed Roe. From any human perspective, Dobbs was momentous, but the meaning of a major constitutional law decision reaches beyond its immediate subject. Dobbs thus demands […]

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  • 28 Feb 2022
    Frank Rudy Cooper, Gregory S. Parks

    Notorious B.I.G.’S “Ten Crack Commandments” and Donald Trump

    In his 1997 song, “Ten Crack Commandments,” The Notorious BIG offered some rules to the drug game: I’ve been in this game for years; it made me an animal.There’s rules to this shit; I wrote me a manual.A step-by-step booklet for you to get,Your game on track, not your wig pushed back. These rules have […]

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  • 23 Jul 2020

    Too Many Police, Too Many Jails

    As Black Lives Matter brings millions together in the mission to end state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism, we want to highlight some of the work we’ve published – or will publish – that supports this movement. This piece is the first in what will be an ongoing series, each one dedicated to a separate issue […]

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