Governance

Home Governance
COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail
Post

COVID Opens a Partisan Gap on Voting by Mail

Before the pandemic, there wasn’t any difference in the rates at which Democratic and Republican voters actually cast their ballots by mail or in-person. That may change now. Based on nationally representative surveys conducted in the spring of 2020 and through the summer, researchers report a significantly greater preference for mail, or absentee, ballots among...

Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now
Post

Why You’re Getting So Many Political Text Messages Right Now

Text messages and emails from political campaigns are pouring into Americans’ phones and inboxes right now. It’s happening to political junkies, to people who gave their phone numbers to campaigns, and even to people who try to keep their contact information off mass mailing lists. I study political campaigns, including how they use social media...

BUSINESS What Must Companies Do – and Disclose – When Faced With Allegations of Bad Behavior by Their CEOs?
Post

What Must Companies Do – and Disclose – When Faced With Allegations of Bad Behavior by Their CEOs?

Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman’s parent company Tapestry revealed on Tuesday that its chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin would resign for “personal reasons.” The announcement seemed suspiciously abrupt given that the 56-year old former Goldman Sachs executive had been in the dual role for less than a year (after first joining the company’s board...

Electoral College Benefits Whiter States
Post

Electoral College Benefits Whiter States

States can force members of the Electoral College to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state’s presidential primary, the Supreme Court recently ruled. The July 6 decision removed one of the two reasons why the framers of the U.S. Constitution created this election system: to empower political elites who may know...

White Police Officers Use Force More Often Than Non-White Colleagues
Post

White Police Officers Use Force More Often Than Non-White Colleagues

White police officers are far more likely to use force than their non-white counterparts, especially in minority neighborhoods, according to a study from Texas A&M University researchers. The outcome is dramatically different when a white officer responds to a call versus a Black officer in an otherwise similar call, they found. White officers use force...

President Trump Revives J. Edgar Hoover’s Tyrannical Playbook
Post

President Trump Revives J. Edgar Hoover’s Tyrannical Playbook

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has denounced his critics for the same claims made against him, attacking their credibility and portraying himself as a victim of conspiracies. His lies are well documented, yet he accuses reporters of perpetual deception. He was impeached for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, yet he accuses Joe Biden...

Should the President Pick the Attorney General?
Post

Should the President Pick the Attorney General?

Attorney General William Barr recently announced, late on a Friday, that Geoffrey Berman was “stepping down after two-and-a-half years of service as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.” This announcement was news to Berman, who later contradicted Barr by declaring that he had not resigned and indeed had no intention of...