Politics & Law

Dan Farber Culture wars at the Supreme Court (and what they mean for environmental law)

Views on environmental issues are related to broader culture differences. According to social scientists, environmentalists tend to be egalitarian, believe in harmony with nature, and stress responsibility over autonomy. Their opponents, who are skeptical about regulation, tend to favor traditional hierarchies, believe in human mastery of nature, and stress autonomy over responsibility.

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Thomas Mann Polarization, policymaking, & public service: A review of Barney Frank’s memoir

It is not obvious that the memoir of a recently-retired, sixteen-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives is a promising candidate for a book review on government reform.  Vivid narrative, compelling personal stories, passionate advocacy, and lacerating wit may make for a great read.  And Barney Frank’s Frank: A … More >

Stephen Menendian A 21st Century Problem: Lessons from the Armenian Genocide

On April 24th, Armenians worldwide will solemnly commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of the first modern genocides, the massacre of more than one million ethnic Armenians in eastern Turkey in 1915.  This occasion is an opportunity to consider not only the legacy of this specific event, but the larger … More >

Bruce Newsome Despite scandals, news media accountability is absent from the British national election

After 15 years of public scandals and inquiries, only 23 journalists and officials have been held criminally accountable for illegally accessing information on hundreds of thousands of Britons.

For decades, British journalists have illegally accessed personal information and paid officials for information, without significant accountability, yet remain essentially self-regulated.

In 2000, a … More >

Mahmood Monshipouri Nuclear Framework Agreement: What to make of this deal with Iran?

The art of brinkmanship combined with right personalities on the stage have produced a promising framework agreement that speaks volumes about the fruits of diplomacy and engagement. Though there is no perfect and/or pretty arrangement, but from a non-proliferation standpoint, the P5+1 agreement is a good deal.

The surprisingly detailed and … More >

Dan Farber Justice Thomas declares war on rulemaking

It didn’t get much attention, but Justice Thomas’s dissent two weeks ago in the Amtrak case was extraordinarily radical, even for him. The case involved a relatively obscure issue about the legal status of Amtrak. Justice Thomas used the occasion for a frontal attack on administrative law, including most of … More >

Robert Reich The conundrum of corporation and nation

The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.

What’s behind this? Two big facts.

First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States than their counterparts exert … More >

Bruce Newsome How to defeat ISIS (and why it probably won’t happen)

Air strikes won’t defeat ISIS. A Western ground invasion would, but the West is far short of that commitment, to its increasing peril.

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham; more transliterately known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL; most derogatively known by its Arabic … More >

Albena Azmanova Misframing the Greek protest

The calls these days to support the Greek people’s struggle against austerity are in abundance. The Campaign for Democracy group has issued one such petition.

I signed this petition, as I do support the Greek people’s fight for social justice and regaining some control of their destiny. But what a pity … More >

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