Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "Given the huge U.S. network of overseas military bases, the Department of Defense has traditionally seen the issue of environmental liability as a slippery slope, and takes a hard line against assuming responsibility."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the possibility of Democrats getting President Trump's tax returns, saying "...once you move into 2020 and begin to approach the election, the potential is there that Trump could just run out the clock."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on whether House Democrats will subpoena Special Coounsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, saying "I don’t think the public understanding of the Mueller report ever recovered from Barr rolling out his summary, and then leaving it unchallenged for over a month."
Economist John Friedman comments on the plans Democratic presidential hopefuls have for education, saying "There's definitely been a turn against a set of ideas in education that we've been championing as effective."
Chair of the Political Science department, Wendy Schiller, comments on President Trump's abundance of supporters willing to repeat and endorse all of his claims. "The Republican establishment will push back through Fox, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets. The titans of the economy will put up with stuff only so long."
May 28, 2019Skullduggery's Buried Treasure Podcast
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg joined Skullduggery's Buried Treasure podcast to discuss the Iran-Contra affair and the differences in how Congress operated back then compared to the current presidential administration today.
Emily Oster in The New York Times, "The differences we see by demographic groups in the United States — the inequality of outcomes for children from poor and rich backgrounds — are driven by a combination of vast differences in experiences."
Economist Emily Oster in The Atlantic, "Put simply, mothers and fathers ought to come clean about the nature of their lives. We can’t fix problems that we pretend don’t exist; we can’t improve the lot of parents at work if we pretend we aren’t parents."
Economist John Friedman comments on the SAT test's new adversity rating, saying "For each extra year you spend in a good environment, you do a little better. It’s very powerful when somebody overcomes that."
The state Department of Education has announced the list of people who participate in the state Department of Education’s team to do a deep dive into the Providence schools. The list includes Visiting Scholar, Annenberg Institute for School Reform Domingo Morel.
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs Emily Oster has thought a lot about many parenthood questions, as the author of books that help parents make choices based on the available data.
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the struggle among the Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying "Throughout the current scandal, the president has been free to assert his own facts in the absence of virtually any public testimony."
A new book shows that the Greek and British peoples were hapless victims of a “bait and switch”, the term used by the Brown University economist Mark Blyth in his 2013 Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.
Professor of Political Science Ross Cheit says that the commission is reluctant to levy any stricter recusal rules on part-time lawmakers, who in most cases have full-time jobs outside the legislature that come with “built-in conflicts.”
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy James Morone comments on the new student debt plan proposed by Elizabeth Warren, saying, "She has noticed what very few have noticed: that the federal government owns a ton – most – of the college debt."
Richard Arenberg comments on President Trump's vow to fight all congressional subpoenas following the Mueller Report, saying "I believe the Congress has the Constitution on their side, and in the end, they will prevail. But Trump may be able to just wait out the clock."
Economist John Friedman comments on how the recent college admissions scandal highlights the advantages some wealthy families have in the college admissions process. "The American Dream has been distressingly out of reach for a lot of people...The disparities in access are really quite striking."
Political Science Chair Wendy Schiller comments on the large amount of money that U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse raised for his re-election campaign. "So it was either overly cautionary on his part, or he was scared of something in that race, because the number is large for the size of the state and the fact that it was his second re-election campaign."
Economist Emily Oster in The New York Times, "Parenting is full of decisions, nearly all of which can be agonized over. You can and should learn about the risks and benefits of your parenting choices, but in the end you have to also think about your family preferences — about what works for you."
Taubman Center Affiliate and Professor of Political Science, Corey Brettschneider in The Guardian, "Impeachment and prosecution of this president, of course, require building on Mueller’s evidence. He has given us a huge head start. It is now up to Congress to look into whether his actions amount to obstruction."
Professor John Friedman has won national attention in recent years for his work on an Opportunity Atlas that offers policymakers neighborhood-level data on economic mobility, which has contributed to the rise of Brown's Economics Department.
Professor of of Political Science Ross Cheit discussed the relationship between course offerings and increasing opportunities for faculty research. “There’s clearly a trade-off, but I think it’s a reasonable one: There will not be as many tiny courses, … but what the professors get in return is enormous.”
Emily Oster, professor of economics, has written a data-driven parenting guide covering the first three years of life, Cribsheet, out this month from PenguinPress. "This is really a book about decision making and that is what economists study."
Research by Professor John Friedman's think tank, Opportunity Insights, is cited in an article on the recent college admissions scandal. "Research published by Opportunity Insights ... has found that roughly three dozen of the country’s “elite” colleges enroll more students from households in the top 1 percent of the income scale than they do students from the bottom 60 percent of that scale."
Commenting on a House bill pushing for voting reform on a federal level, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs Richard Arenberg says, "It has zero prospects of moving forward in any way in the Senate" because of the way Senators view voting reform on their electoral prospects.
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the political science department, comments on recent damaging news reports about former Vice President Joe Biden. "It’s a generational obstacle for Biden because the good stuff he’s done is unknown and the bad stuff he’s done is on video."
Professor Eric Patashnik's article on Obamacare is featured in this article on Republicans' new fight over the Affordable Care Act. "Well, political scientists have some interesting thoughts about the reasons the G.O.P. won’t just throw in the towel on the A.C.A."
Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics & Finance and Taubman Center Affiliate Mark Blyth recently discussed Brexit and the consequences of the Leave vote in Financial Times.
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science department, comments on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's visit to the White House, saying "Trump promised economic and military alliances and he treated Bolsonaro like a true equal leader in the public eye."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's planned visit with President Donald Trump this week, stating "the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Bolton 'far outweigh any influence Bannon may try to wield.'"
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on last week's vote to protect the legality of abortion in Rhode Island. "By even giving this bill a hearing, much less bringing it to the House floor, Speaker Mattiello is acknowledging the changing dynamics on abortion both inside the Democratic Party in Rhode Island but the state more generally."
Watson Fellow Marc Dunkelman comments on the growing trend of companies pushing co-living spaces to employees, saying "It’s terrific that (companies) are experimenting with different environments to get people to talk to others."
The Annenberg Institute, led by Susanna Loeb, will shift its focus away from school reform and community mobilization and toward educational inequality research, which will include broader collaborations with organizations in Rhode Island and the University.
Professor of Economics Emily Oster says no one is exactly sure why European countries do so much better than the US when it comes to infant mortality--but access to healthcare and mandatory maternity leave may play a role.
Professor Rose McDermott comments on human nature's extremes of kindness and aggression, saying "Over long periods of time among large numbers of people, you end up with a more – slightly more – egalitarian system. We breed a kind of peacefulness, at least for the in-group."
Jeff Colgan in the Global Policy Journal, "Climate politics are changing. Beyond 'politics as usual,' climate politics are becoming existential: climate-forcing and climate-vulnerable interests are both fighting for the survival of their way of life."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on President Trump's national emergency declaration, saying "He seems to consider it a victory if he continues to convince his base that he is fighting for the wall."
Fellow Marc Dunkelman in Politico, "...Amazon isn’t packing up because of public resistance to too many tax breaks or a helipad. It’s leaving because, like in much of the country, the architecture of political power has changed."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the government funding bill that President Trump will sign, saying "The appropriators in parties deserve credit for a demonstration of the kind of progress which can be made when both parties on Capitol Hill come to the table."
The Department of Economics was ranked eighth in the country last month. Professor of Economics and former Department Chair David Weil ’82 attributed the department’s success largely to its recent hires, which include Professors of Economics Emily Oster and John Friedman.
Domingo Morel, Visiting Scholar in the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, discussed how Senator Booker's presidential campaign might be both positively and negatively influenced by his "ubiquitious online presence."
In an interview, Professor of Political Science Corey Brettschneider discussed why Trump’s threats regarding Congress and government shutdowns demonstrate an inability to understand the limits of his own power.
University professors Susanna Loeb, Kenneth Wong, Matthew Kraft and John Papay were named in the 2019 Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings Jan. 9. The list ranks the top 200 U.S. university scholars who most influenced educational practice and policy last year.
Political scientist Ross Cheit offered commentary on President Trump's appointment of Elliot Abrams as envoy to Venezuela, saying "I'd certainly heard reports that he had been nixed for top positions at the State Department, and I would certainly say his Iran-Contra days are infamous."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on the "special bipartisan committee of lawmakers from the Senate and the House" that's meeting today to hash out a deal on border security. "...blame for the next shutdown, if there is one, 'will probably be shouldered more equally by Democrats and President Trump.'"
Political economist Mark Blyth discusses the creation of the European Union and the Brexit referendum. "An interesting aspect of the story is how the United States itself was not just present at the beginning, [but] was actually quite generative of the project."
Professor Wendy Schiller comments on Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and the state's politics, saying "Raimondo has to worry about protecting Rhode Island’s economic resurgence, and that will prove challenging with an ever-increasing state budget and municipal pension problems at the local level..."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller in The Boston Globe, "Getting back to the basics of governing is the road best traveled in a democracy, and New Englanders can once again pave the way while also regaining our lost influence."
In discussing the White House's stance on foreign policy issues and its implications, Professor of Political Science Wendy Schiller explaines, “Stephen Miller has become the singular voice on immigration in the White House.”
In an address to The Institute of International European Affairs, Associate Professor Jeff Colgan "argues that the liberal order, though successful in many ways, has become self-defeating – in part by contributing to a deepening economic inequality and the politics of outrage that follow from it."
Reviewers called Professor Corey Brettschneider's latest book an "extremely timely book that reminds us that, in order for our government to work as it was meant to, each branch—Executive, Legislative and Judicial—must work with the other."
In an interview, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs Mark Blyth spoke about the crisis of globalization, populism, Brexit and other bpolitical conflicts occuring in Europe.
Professors Peter Andreas and Mark Blyth are mentioned in an article published by the Cambridge University Press that "identifies the 100 currently most-cited scholars, the 25 most-cited in each PhD cohort and subfield, the 40 most cited-women scholars, and the 25 most-cited emeriti."
Mark Blyth, director of the Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, spoke with the Financial Times about the politicking of central banking, the hurdles to finding a U.S.-China trade war resolution, and how China can manage the financial risks building in its economy.
Fellow Marc Dunkelman offered commentary on the changing landscape of social interaction in the U.S. “Naturally, the desire to find people who fit our niche will expand to include people who have a different viewpoint, a different experience.”