Why economics has become political once again

After decades apart, economics and politics have become inseparable once again. Growing numbers of voters are rejecting the long-held establishment consensus among economists that prosperity flows from broad free markets and free trade arrangements. Failing to secure political support for pro-growth policies will have deeply damaging consequences for economic prospects. For decades, politics has Read More …

Anti-immigrant ads like Trump’s sank the California GOP in the 90s

For Californians of my generation, Donald Trump’s new campaign ad felt eerily familiar. Grainy footage of purported border crossers, promises to toughen immigration security, and new policies to ensure that unauthorized immigrants do not receive public benefits — Trump’s 2016 commercial could have been playing on television in my hometown, Sacramento, 20 years ago. Read More …

Africa in the News: UNCTAD releases report on African debt, the ANC seeks coalition partners, Zambia publishes election results

Report on debt in Africa highlights trends and financing opportunities How should African countries finance their efforts to meet the post-2015 development agenda objectives without increasing their debt to unsustainable levels? A report launched by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic Development in Africa Report 2016: Debt Dynamics and Read More …

What would Clintonomics bring? Breaking down Hillary Clinton’s economic policy

Policy differences aren’t going to decide the presidential election, much to the dismay of think-tank scholars. The overwhelming differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in character, demeanor, world view, and experience are likely to be far more important. Given Mrs. Clinton’s lead in the polls, however, it’s worth looking at what her campaign Read More …

Mindanao: Living in the peace of the dead

In his first State of the Nation Address, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke a great deal about peace—peace that can be attained by “vigorously” addressing the historical injustices experienced by the (the predominantly Muslim and multi-ethnic population of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago), by indigenous Filipinos, and by other marginalized groups. He stressed the Read More …

What can be done to avert the impending constitutional crisis in the Congo?

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could be facing an impending political crisis as its upcoming presidential election—scheduled for November 27—is increasingly called into question. President Joseph Kabila, who is set to complete his second term in office, has signaled his intention to extend his presidency beyond the constitutionally mandated term limits. Kabila’s Read More …

America’s “insane” politics (and what to do about it)

Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow in Governance Studies, expands on his widely popular new article in The Atlantic titled, “How American Politics Went Insane.” “Parties exist so politicians can hold each other accountable,” Rauch explains. “When that breaks down, you get pretty much unaccountability. It’s every person for him or herself. You get a kind of Read More …

Africa in the news: East and Southern African trade issues, Ethiopia’s land reform protests, and Zambia’s general elections

Trade disputes roil Rwanda-Burundi and Zimbabwe-South Africa relations On Wednesday, August 8, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) announced it would be launching its own investigation into the rising trade dispute between Rwanda and Burundi, which came to a head two weeks ago as Burundi announced a full ban on Rwandan products. In addition, Read More …