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  • 4 Dec 2023
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    The Flawed Foundations of the Electoral College

    Central to our concept of democracy is counting all votes equally. Who would support an election rule in which we add up all the votes and declare the person who came in second the winner?  But that is exactly what can—and does—occur under the electoral college.  In 1876, 1888, 2000, 2016, and, arguably, 1960, the […]

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  • 24 Aug 2023
    Jacob Eisler

    Balancing Justice and Autonomy in Democratic Design

    As democracy across the globe faces new stresses and dramatic challenges, the power of the judiciary to reshape electoral procedure is increasingly important. Yet underlying any judicial intervention – for good or for ill – in how people rule themselves is a threshold question: why does the judiciary have authority over the essence of democracy […]

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  • 5 Apr 2023
    Wendy E. Parmet

    How Courts Make Us Sick

    More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is an unhealthy country. During the pandemic, the United States lost more people per capita to COVID-19 than any other high-income country and life expectancy, which was lower in the United States before the pandemic than in any other wealth country, […]

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  • 27 Feb 2023
    Kaitlin Sidorsky, Wendy J. Schiller

    Guns and Domestic Violence: Why Federal Laws Fail to Keep Women Safe

    Tausha Haight, her five children and her mother were all shot to death in January 2023 by her husband, whom she had filed for divorce from just weeks earlier, and who had been investigated for child abuse two years before that. Less than a month later, Linda Robinson and her son Sebastian were murdered by […]

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  • 13 Sep 2022
    James McCann, Walter J. Stone

    Power and Polarization in a Republic at Risk

    Representation in the United States has always been a risky proposition. In principle, congressional lawmakers have strong incentives to collaborate on the creation of policies that constituents demand, even as they check and balance each other and the president. Ultimately the public interest is served through the fair and timely channeling of group pressures through […]

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  • 27 Jul 2022
    Eric W. Cheng

    Progressives, Moderates, and the Politics of Principle and Pragmatism

    There is much agreement among ‘progressives’ and ‘moderates’ that the modern Republican Party is an existential threat to American democracy. This agreement, I believe, is well-founded. With notable exceptions , Republican officials have either supported or turned a blind eye towards violent efforts – egged on by a Republican president – to overturn an election. […]

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  • 27 Jun 2022
    Kathy Dodworth

    Legitimacy: crisis or continuity?

    We are, according to US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a ‘crisis of legitimacy’. The US Supreme Court’s overturning of long-settled law Roe vs Wade regarding women’s right to abortion does not reflect US public opinion at large. Trust in the court itself is at an all-time-low, she laid out in a Twitter series on 25 […]

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  • 28 Feb 2022
    Frank Rudy Cooper, Gregory S. Parks

    Notorious B.I.G.’S “Ten Crack Commandments” and Donald Trump

    In his 1997 song, “Ten Crack Commandments,” The Notorious BIG offered some rules to the drug game: I’ve been in this game for years; it made me an animal.There’s rules to this shit; I wrote me a manual.A step-by-step booklet for you to get,Your game on track, not your wig pushed back. These rules have […]

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