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Decentralized Governance and Accountability

by Jonathan Rodden, Erik Wibbels
Monday, February 11, 2019

At the end of the twentieth century, academics and policymakers welcomed a trend toward fiscal and political decentralization as part of a potential solution for slow economic growth and poor performance by insulated, unaccountable governments. For the past two decades, researchers have been trying to answer a series of vexing questions about the political economy of multilayered governance.

Analysis and Commentary

Jessica Riskin On Life, Machinery, And The Restless Clock

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 11, 2019

Historian Jessica Riskin of Stanford University talks about her book The Restless Clock with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. What is the difference between human beings and machines? How has science thought about this distinction? When do we have agency and when are we constrained? Riskin discusses these issues and the implications for how we think about ourselves and the growth of artificial intelligence.

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In the News

Do Conservatives Belong At Stanford?

with Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Daily
Monday, February 11, 2019

No one has ever doubted that the Hoover Institution, a think tank and research center named after Republican president Herbert Hoover, leans conservative.

In the News

The Democrats' Rising Star Is Borrowing Policies From Ned Flanders

quoting Niall Fergusonvia City A.M.
Sunday, February 10, 2019

The historian Niall Ferguson summed up much of the hostile reaction: “This is what you get when you recruit your legislators more or less directly from college.” In American politics, Ocasio-Cortez is energizing a new generation of voters and is proud to call herself a democratic socialist. This label may not be controversial in European democracies but in America it's a bold move

Analysis and Commentary

Progressives Bearing Gifts

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 10, 2019

Donald Trump in 2016 did not only run against the planted rumors of the fake Steele dossier, 90 percent negative media coverage, his own boisterous past, and the “Access Hollywood” tape. He also was campaigning against Hillary Clinton—and the nation’s quarter-century weariness with the Clinton scandals, crimes, money-grubbing, and hypocrisies.


John Dingell Is Gone -- And So Too House Democrats' Common Sense

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Overlooked in a week of political news dominated by a presidential State of the Union Address and scandal-plagued Virginians: the passing of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell.

Analysis and Commentary

The French Philosopher Who Loves America

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 8, 2019

Bernard-Henri Lévy describes the gilets jaunes as a ‘crisis of liberal democracy’ and Trump as an ‘epiphenomenon’ of American ‘retreat.’

In the News

Leftist Tax Schemes Bash The Rich, But Depend On Their Success

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Press-Enterprise
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Nineteenth century historian Thomas Carlyle called economics “the dismal science” because of its predictions about scarcity and poverty. Those are immutable features of all societies, which explains why his snarky term remains widely used.


Victor Davis Hanson On Race, Ethnicity, And Political Ideology

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, February 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how different groups are treated differently based on race, ethnicity, political ideology, etc.

In the News

Ampleforth Adds British Historian And Hoover Fellow Niall Ferguson To Advisory Board

featuring Tim Fergusonvia LeapRate
Friday, February 8, 2019

Ampleforth (previously known as Fragments), a decentralized store of value protocol, announced today that historian, author, and financial expert Niall Ferguson will be joining its advisory board.


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