The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus is having a huge year - Kerry Haynie interviewed

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Votes aside, the Congressional Black Caucus has kept its issues in the news cycle while presidential politics play out, says Duke University’s Kerry Haynie, an expert on race and ethnic politics. Butterfield can use the “bully pulpit,” Haynie said, to stay relevant at a time when the CBC’s... Read More »

The Roots of Middle East Mistrust - Timur Kuran

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Low-trust societies participate disproportionately less in international commerce, and attract less investment. And, indeed, according to the World Values Survey and related research, trust among individuals in the Middle East is low enough to limit commercial transactions to people who know one... Read More »

Ask the Experts: Michael Gillespie on Patriotism

Monday, July 11, 2016
The world has become a much, much better place as a result of globalization with a decline in violence, the growth of prosperity at almost all levels (a huge decline in absolute poverty), greater cultural and social interaction, etc. But it does hurt those who lack skills or who do not do well in... Read More »

Antibiotic Resistance and Collective Harms - Jonathan Anomaly writes for BHL

Monday, July 11, 2016
A few weeks ago The Economist made antibiotic resistance its cover story, and for good reason.  We live in a bacterial world.  The average person hosts about 39 trillion bacteria. Lucky for us, most bacteria are benign – they crowd out pathogenic bacteria like e. coli in our gut,... Read More »

Young voters are much more likely to reject Trump’s racism - Ashley Jardina coauthors

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
While we can’t say for sure why young people are less likely to express racist attitudes, there are several possible explanations. Not only has this group of white people come of age during the racial backlash to President Obama, but they are also one of the most educated cohorts, and able to... Read More »

Ottoman Empire courts data reveal a cause for sluggish industrialization - Timur Kuran

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Professor Kuran, of Duke University, said the Ottoman Sharia judges had been trying to help those with high social status.  “What we see here are unintended consequences. The court’s intent was to assist groups considered worthy of support,” he wrote.  “The unintended consequence was to... Read More »

The Brexit referendum is a failure of political leadership - Tim Büthe

Thursday, June 23, 2016
  Proponents of Brexit have made strong claims, including that it will ultimately make Britain richer and restore its liberty. But the ultimate reason for the strength of the exit camp is the near-complete failure of the British political leadership. Over the past half century, Britain's... Read More »

David Siegel and Peter Feaver respond to the policy implications of the Orlando massacre

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Political science faculty, David Siegel and Peter Feaver wrote op-ed pieces responding to policy questions surrounding the tragedy of the recent Orlando shooting. Writing in, "Why you can't support a no-fly list but allow those on it to get guns" Siegel concludes, "A member of Congress... Read More »

Tim Büthe helps launch Qualitative Transparency Deliberations

Friday, May 27, 2016
What are the best practices in qualitative research design as they pertain to research transparency? Tim Büthe has recently co-chaired the steering committee to launch Qualitative Transparency Deliberations, a discussion platform approved by the American Political Science... Read More »