Professor Eric Patashnik in Vox, "Eventually, the war over Obamacare will end. When it does, there may be an opening to have a sensible conversation about ensuring that patients receive treatments grounded in sound science."
Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "As the dust starts to settle, political reactions become clearer, and statistical details recede into the background, it is time to concentrate on the big picture that the recent Gujarat elections present."
Susan Moffitt, Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, and Margot Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, recently co-edited a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
Sociologist Michael Kennedy comments on bowling becoming a pro-immigrant sport in Rhode Island saying the state, "has the conditions to 'become a genuinely exemplary place for how to meet the challenges of our time.'"
Eric Patashnik in Health Affairs, "Medical societies have a responsibility to educate doctors not only about the financial costs of unnecessary treatments but also about how their own practice styles can lower the quality of care patients receive."
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar and sociology professor Michael Kennedy joined WPRI's Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss the indictments of President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates.
Economist Emily Oster comments on the rule to not drink while pregnant, saying "...doctors who have expressed the view that whatever the literature says, since we know that drinking a lot of alcohol is bad, we should tell people not to drink at all. They worry that people will overdo it."
A book review of "Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine" that draws on public opinion surveys, physician surveys, case studies, and political science models to explain how political incentives, polarization, and the misuse of professional authority have undermined efforts to tackle the medical evidence problem and curb wasteful spending.
Public Policy Fellow Marc Dunkelman and sociology professor Michael Kennedy are mentioned in an article about a panel they participated in at the inaugural Greater Good Gathering, a conference "aimed to look 'deeply and cross-disciplinarily at how the means for addressing and promoting the Greater Good may be changing in today's world.'"
Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, comments on the effictiveness of the low-wage economy in the UK. “There’s no way for labor to push up wages since no one goes on strike anymore and the unions are weak."
Sociologist Michael Kennedy in RI Future, "We live in a world, then, of Ubermensch Escapism where we put our faith in a great leader like Trump or Putin or Orban, or in a simple decision, like Brexit. But these choices only make things worse."
As Texans worry about the potential health effects from the flooded plant that led to a massive fire, political scientist Jeff Colgan wrote in his most recent op-ed that this type of incident is called a 'knock-on' effect of climate change and that political fights are likely to ensue over whose responsible for other 'knock-on' effects as the climate continues to warm.
Children whose parents belong to the top 1 percent of the income ladder are 77 times more likely to attend an Ivy League university, according to a new paper published in the National Bureau for Economic Research. The paper is co-authored by John N. Friedman, an associate professor of international and public affairs, and economics.
Sociology professor Michael Kennedy in RIOT Material, "We need recognize the times in which we live and articulate a vision that moves us beyond not just this present, but also that past which got us here."
Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, wrote an op-ed about Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice to enter an alliance with the BJP political party in India and how it might influence other alliances.
On Monday, senior fellow Timothy Edgar joined Dan Yorke State of Mind for a discussion on the replacement of Reince Priebus with General John F. Kelly as Whitehouse Chief of Staff as well as the external image the United States is currently projecting.
Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, commented on the recent political alliance between Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, essentially dashing hopes of a mounted front against India's BJP party.
Across cultures, women are bombarded with different messages about what's ok to eat during pregnancy. Emily Oster, professor of economics and author of "Expecting Better," said she didn't find any evidence that would suggest drinking alcohol would harm a fetus.
A new paper co-authored by Brown economist John Friedman examines the key findings of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which exploits a unique data set to assess the contributions that individual colleges make to intergenerational social mobility.
This feature on the origins of "beef lynchings" and the political turmoil that has ensued in India after the death of a Muslim boy includes a perspective by Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science.
Wendy Schiller commented on Gov. Gina Raimondo's re-election chances after a tumultuous week that saw the governor featured in the New York Times, but also mentioned in poll tagging her as one of the "most unpopular governors" in the country.
Sociologist Michael Kennedy in RIOT Material, "Trump’s political foolishness is not meant to clarify a problem; it is designed to mark enemies so that his supporters can enjoy a righteousness regardless of evidence to the contrary."
To understand how President Trump rose through the political ranks, one has to step back and see how globalization benefitted the wealthiest not only in the U.S. but throughout the world, Brown economist Mark Blyth discussed during CBS News' The Takeout.
The appointment of Yogi Adityanath’s to rule India’s most populous state “invests a certain amount of power in Yogi Adityanath that cannot be easily taken away,” said Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science and international studies.
Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on the Democrats' strategy for turning congressional districts over to their candidates and surrogates. ". . .the big obstacle for them [Democrats] is that the bill’s provisions do not take effect until well after 2018, and not entirely until 2025."
Sociologist Michael Kennedy in RIOT Material, "I have been waiting for President Trump to depart from this approximation of high communism, but in recent weeks, he only moves closer to this system-destructive disposition."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller joined a discussion about President Trump's first 150 days in office and how recent controversies might be affecting his agenda and, more importantly, his ability to govern.
Sociology Professor Michael Kennedy in RI Future, "Simply, conflict does not, in and of itself, risk cultural authority. Indeed, others have observed that Trump thrives on crisis and conflict; some conflicts nourish his position and others threaten it."
Research professor Nick Ziegler joins Dan Yorke's State of Mind to discuss reactions to the firing of FBI Director Comey and to provide analysis on Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election.
Political Science professor Jeff Colgan in Foreign Affairs, "Those of us who have not only analyzed globalization and the liberal order but also celebrated them share some responsibility for the rise of populism."
James Morone, director of the Taubman Center for the Study of American Politics and Policy, comments on news of theaters around the country re-screening the 1980s film "1984," a film based on George Orwell’s 1949 novel about a government that manufactures its own facts and demonizes foreign enemies.
Emily Oster, professor of economics, said the healthcare benefits that come with the Finland-government provided maternity boxes to expectant mothers contributes to the country's low infant mortality rate.
Economist Emily Oster took a multi-faceted approach in responding to a letter from a college student, who is undecided about which language to study. "You might also be interested in considering how influential a given language is likely to be in the future, based on an area’s anticipated economic growth."
Professor John Friedman commented on Vanderbilt University's student demographics and outcomes. Friedman is the co-author of a study that examined the role colleges and universities played in upward mobility.
Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "It does seem that automation has combined with international trade, particularly trade with China, to drive down employment and wages in industries that have traditionally competed with imports."
Political Science Professor Ross Cheit was the keynote speaker at Buck County's Children's Advocacy Center's annual Conference on Crimes Against Children in Pennsylvania, where he discussed his recent book "Witch-Hunt Narrative."
Margaret Weir, professor of political science and international and public affairs, wrote an opinion piece about health care jobs and related facilities disappearing in rural areas if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
Political Science professors Jeff Colgan and Rob Blair in Duck of Minerva, "Although we do not wish to professionally engage in partisan politics, as scholars we are alarmed by Trump’s willingness to transgress long-standing norms of democracy, tolerance and civility."
Michael Kennedy in RI Future, "Of course some believe the presidential election was rigged, but many more people believe that Trump’s legitimacy suffers because his excesses have not been tamed by the awesomeness of the presidential office itself."
In response to the US correspondent of one of Argentina's leading newspapers, Kennedy acknowledged the difficulty of projecting Trump's likely future, but he said that one must "prepare for the worst." Spanish text.
Michael Kennedy in publicseminar.org, "There is an overwhelming sense of momentum. Although the size of the protest was probably less than half of what it was for the #WomensMarch, many showed up on a chilly overcast day for an event only planned the night before."
Jim Morone, Director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, explains how the first American election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is similar to the present, and what we can learn from it.
Richard Arenberg, Adjunct Lecturer for the MPA Program, in The New York Times, "If the Senate is to end gridlock, reduce partisanship and begin to address the nation’s pressing issues, both parties must renew their respect for Senate rules — and the views of the people."