Local politicians and bureaucrats in low- and middle-income countries play a crucial role in the distribution of aid dollars, acting as gatekeepers in determining which constituents receive aid, and to what degree that assistance is effective. In Ghana for example, district governments spend... Read More about Erik Wibbels helps answer: "How are development projects allocated to different communities?" »
The English “common law,” on which much of our jurisprudence is based, shows the way. A venerable common law doctrine is the implied contract associated with being “open for business.” If I advertise prices, goods and services for sale, I must honor that offer. So a pizza restaurant can’t... Read More about Is freedom of association discriminatory? - Michael Munger writes column for North State Journal »
Tim Büthe coordinated his seminar course, "The Law and Politics of Market Competition in a Global Economy" through a field trip to Washington, D.C. on March 28 and 29, with the generous support of the Program on American Grand Strategy. This focused itinerary (click here for event... Read More about Tim Büthe leads seminar field trip to Washington, D.C. »
Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate contemporary issues of national security and foreign policy. The entire series of Foreign Exchange Debates is available on YouTube.
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In Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. Tim Büthe opened the 2nd workshop of the project on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance, which he co-directs with Swiss colleagues Joost Pauwelyn, Martino Maggetti, Ayelet Berman and Theresa Carpenter. It is part of an ongoing collaboration... Read More about Tim Büthe co-chairs conference on Rethinking Stakeholder Participation in Global Governance »
Peter D. Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University, signed a letter from top Republican national security leaders objecting to Mr. Trump earlier this month and said he was confounded by the advisers that the candidate ultimately came up with.
“I think that normally, the front-... Read More about Top Experts Confounded by Advisers to Donald Trump - Peter Feaver interviewed for The New York Times »
Whatever the outcome of the race for the White House, the entire American establishment, including career politicians, the super-rich, academia, the press, the high professions, big business, and major civil society organizations, now has fair warning that the stability of the American system of... Read More about You Can’t Keep a Lid on Discontent Forever - Timur Kuran writes for Cato Unbound »
“Before, the National Assembly wasn’t so much part of the national consciousness,” but this year’s crop of independents draws from a far wider cross-section of society, said Edmund J. Malesky, a Vietnam specialist and a professor of political economy at Duke University.
Continue reading the... Read More about In One-Party Vietnam, Independents vie for Assembly Seats - Edmund Malesky interviewed in The New York Times »
But if Trump fails to win a majority of delegates, the logic is equally clear: securing a plurality of the vote (or delegates) does not provide Trump with any special claim to legitimacy, nor does it give him the mantle of “the people’s choice.”
In this case, a brokered convention that denies... Read More about Think a ‘brokered’ convention is undemocratic? Think again. - Georg Vanberg writes for The Washington Post »
The authenticity deficit in American politics is very real. But it is not a product of politicians alone. It is a social ill whose perpetrators are also its victims, and vice versa. People astonished at why Sanders and Trump have resonated with huge blocs should look in the mirror and ask when... Read More about The Authenticity Deficit in Modern Politics - Timur Kuran writes for Cato Unbound »