Law & Politics

Partisan Judicial Elections Can Lead to Lower-Quality Judges

When political affiliation is shown on ballots, candidates’ quality has a lower impact on voters' decisions than when it is not; otherwise, voters are more influenced by candidates’ quality and suitability for the job.

Creating Jobs to End War

An experiment in Liberia offers new insights on how to deal with ex-combatants after war.

Predatory War or Preventive War? Two New Theories about Why States Fight against Terrorism

Despite the high cost and perceived ineffectiveness of fighting terrorism, countries must do so in order to preserve their sovereignty, legitimacy, and territorial integrity.

Rivalry among Criminal Organizations Is One of the Most Serious Threats to Free Press in Mexico

A study notes that the presence of profitable criminal organizations does not necessarily lead to higher levels of violence towards journalists, but rivalry among competing organizations does.

A Tale of Two Turnout Functions: Effects of Development on Voter Turnout across Countries

New research finds evidence that development, compulsory voting laws, and decisiveness of elections have distinct effects in developed and developing countries.

Economic Elites in the Driver’s Seat

Based on a new dataset of policy changes, Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page bring new evidence to cross-examine American politics: how democratic is American democracy?

Policy and Politics: A Candid Conversation with Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, shares his thoughts on bipartisanship, economic freedom, and his organization’s work in the policy world.

50 Years of Progress: Moving Toward Full Human Rights and Economic Empowerment for Women

Special release of original essay written by Hillary Clinton for the Chicago Policy Review in 1999 on international women’s rights and economic empowerment.

No Pomp, All Circumstance: How Changing the College Experience Could Close the Higher Education Gap

There is a staggering gap between low- and middle-income students in college completion rates. New research indicates that the key to closing this gap may be focusing on helping first-generation students develop “school-relevant selves.”

The Truth about Gitmo: A Conversation with Lowell Sachnoff

Full length interview with distinguished attorney Lowell Sachnoff on his work representing Guantanamo Bay detainees, what it will take to fulfill President Obama’s promise to close Gitmo, and an admonition to avoid repeating the sins of the past.

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