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NRDC Action Fund and LCV Combine Forces to Represent the Public Interest in Politics

'CO-AUTHORED BY ' Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It pummels our communities with extreme weather, endangers our health, and undermines our economy with costly damages. Americans have said in poll after...Show More Summary

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; Biofuels; Regulations; and, Climate- Wednesday

Farm Bill David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “After the buckets of political blood spilled over food stamps this past year, the Congressional Budget Office has quietly lowered its cost estimate for the nutrition program by $24 billion over the next decade. “The ‘technical’ adjustment is tucked into a report issued Monday and reflects revisions in how […]

The Political Economy of Policy Transitions

Michael J. Trebilcock (Toronto), Dealing with Losers: The Political Economy of Policy Transitions (Oxford University Press 2014): Whenever governments change policies—tax, expenditure, or regulatory policies, among others—there will typically be losers: people or groups who relied upon and invested in physical, financial, or human capital predicated on, or even deliberately...

Teen On Hunger Strike After Mom Forced Into Van By ICE Agents

Teen on hunger strike: “My mom [was] handcuffed, pushed into van” by 10 I.C.E. officers (via The Political Carnival) Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Melissa Harris Perry interviewed hunger strike activist Cynthia Diaz, 18, who spoke out on the detention of undocumented immigrants, one of whom is her […]

Everything you need to know about the Venezuelan protests

What are the protests about?A broken economy, crime, shortages of basic goods, and political repression. When the populist President Hugo Chávez died last year, he left Venezuela's economy and civil society in shambles. Chávez's handpicked...Show More Summary

There is No Place in the European Union for This Turkey

HAMBURG - For 10 years, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan built his reputation as a moderate, successful, even exemplary levelheaded Islamist democrat. During his leadership the economy flourished, domestic political stability settled in after a period of shaky coalitions, and the army was put on a leash. Show More Summary

The Paul Craig Roberts Dilemma: World War Or The End Of The Dollar

Submitted by Paul Craig Roberts via The Institute for Political Economy, Is the US or the World Coming to an End?It will be one or the other 2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States. Two pressures are building on the US dollar. Show More Summary

Thailand’s Political Unrest to Dampen Songkran Holiday Spending

Continued political unrest may rob Thailand’s economy of the usual boon provided by the Songkran New Year holiday this year, the country's tourism board says.

Dividends: The Tractionless Economy

By Ironman at Political Calculations: If you wanted one word to describe the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2014, the word "tractionless" comes immediately to mind. The latest real evidence for that assessment comes not from the latest jobs report, which many found disappointing but instead from the U.S. Show More Summary

Shanske: Revitalizing Local Political Economy Through Modernizing the Property Tax

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis), Revitalizing Local Political Economy Through Modernizing the Property Tax, 68 Tax L. Rev. ___ (2014): As the Great Recession dramatically illustrated, state and local governments need a more stable revenue source. Accordingly, states and localities as diverse as Texas and San Francisco, are experimenting with new kinds...

The Turkish Economy Has Survived Crises Before, Elections Are Key To Investor Confidence

By CFA Institute Contributors: By Usman Hayat, CFA Turkey, a member of the G-20 and one of the largest emerging markets, has been making headlines recently for its economic and political turmoil. To get a local perspective on the situation, we spoke with Attila Koksal, CFA, a seasoned investment professional based in Istanbul. Show More Summary

Triangular Research

This Thursday, I’m headed to the research triangle area for my last dissertation archival trip. I’m also giving a talk this Friday at Duke’s Center for the History of Political Economy (details here). The talk is based on a paper co-authored with Elizabeth Popp Berman on how economists, economic ideas, and economic devices influence policymaking […]

What principles rule the GOP?

For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming — or merely improving at a satisfactory clip — the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. Show More Summary

IMF: Crisis a shock for Ukraine

Ukraine is facing a severe contraction in its economy due to the country's political turmoil and tension with Russia, the International Monetary Fund said. ||| Washington - Ukraine is facing a severe contraction in its economy due to the country's political turmoil and tension with Russia, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. Show More Summary

Papers I liked

All strike me as important new papers in the political economy of development (and also conflict). Democracy reduces ethnic favoritism in Kenya The nondemocratic hangover faced by new democracies: local officials A theory of warfare using network analysis (applied to … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Top Headline Comments 4-7-14

Monday. Here are five stories in politics to have on your radar this week. Politico has a profile on Club for Growth. Obama is, reportedly, pivoting to the economy. Again. The new Godzilla trailer actually makes me want to see...

What Liberal Media?

More proof that there is no liberal media (via The Political Carnival) Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy It gets easier and easier to debunk that tired old label, the so-called liberal media, a favorite talking point of those on the right.. For years I’ve written about how the… […]

Inside Politics: Is Democrats' long winter over?

Winter over for Democrats? The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7% in March, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday morning. The figure is just shy of expectations for 200,000 jobs to be created. The idea had been that the warming weather will […]

Farm Bill- Policy Issues; Ag Economy; EPA; and, Political Notes- Thursday

Farm Bill- Policy Issues Farm broadcaster Don Wick, of the Red River Farm Network, interviewed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack yesterday where the discussion focused on the Farm Bill.  An unofficial transcript of yesterday’s interview is available here, while an audio replay can be heard here. Mr. Wick asked Sec. Vilack about recent Farm […]

Discrimination in the Israeli labor force mirrors inequality across Israel/Palestine

From a welfare system to a liberal economy. Since the 1980s, the route taken by Israeli governments has resulted in decades of a politically weak labour force and an economic structure based on significant differences between rich and poor, men and women and ethnic communities. Show More Summary

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