Academic Writing

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Author(s): 
Paddy Leerssen
Publication Date: 
May 29, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Read more about Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Democracy's Dilemma

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The key term that recurs throughout Henry Farrell’s and Bruce Schneier’s essay is “trust.” That is no surprise, as the concept unites both authors’ bodies of work: Schneier, a security expert, and Farrell, a political scientist, have each written books about it. Security enables trust, and trust enables a functioning democracy. Read more about Democracy's Dilemma

Democracy's Dilemma

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
May 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The Internet was going to set us all free. At least, that is what U.S. policy makers, pundits, and scholars believed in the 2000s.  The Internet would undermine authoritarian rulers by reducing the government’s stranglehold on debate, helping oppressed people realize how much they all hated their government, and simply making it easier and cheaper to organize protests. Read more about Democracy's Dilemma

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 24, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo complained about Republicans in Congress who were grandstanding for harsher sanctions on Iran. Now, he has joined the grandstanders, announcing that the Trump administration is stepping up its maximum pressure campaign against Iran by ending waivers that had allowed some states to import Iranian crude oil. Read more about By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd

Author(s): 
Woodrow Hartzog
Publication Date: 
April 17, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

We are constantly exposed in public. Yet most of our actions will fade into obscurity. Do you, for example, remember the faces of strangers who stood in line with you the last time you bought medicine at a drugstore? Probably not. Thanks to limited memory and norms against staring, they probably don’t remember yours either. Read more about Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd

The attorney general’s FBI conspiracy theory is all conspiracy and no theory

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 16, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum’s new book, “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” comes out today. I asked them how their theories applied to modern American politics, including Attorney General William P. Barr’s suggestion that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. Read more about The attorney general’s FBI conspiracy theory is all conspiracy and no theory

AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
April 15, 2019
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Kenneth Scheve (@kfscheve) is professor of political science at Stanford University, and David Stasavage (@stasavage) is dean for the social sciences and the Julius Silver professor in the politics department at New York University. They are the authors of the recent book, “Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe.” I asked them what their findings meant for current proposals to tax rich people. Read more about AOC and Elizabeth Warren want higher taxes on the rich. Selling that is tricky.

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