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Institutions

Community Organizing and the Next Stage of Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Expert-led knowledge power is on the march, embodied in "Big Data," predictive technologies, and movements like translational science. All seek to fix people and problems from the outside, and view everyday citizens as largely ignorant and passive.

Mother's Day at Your Local Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Women
Christopher Zoukis

Regardless of how we feel about people who are in prison, children have a right to see, to touch, and to speak with their parents (obviously, provided doing so poses no risks for the child).

When Inclusion Is Exclusion: Radical Ecclesiology

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

For many Christians, being inclusive has become synonymous with being a Christian. In fear of losing what they think or claim is church, groups have formed within congregations and denominations to push for full inclusion.

Supported Housing: Persons With Disabilities and the "New Institutions"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is clear to me that the state of these Assisted Living and Supported Housing programs must be changed. They must connect with the individual on how it feels to live like this, and what the emotional impacts in fact are.

Dear Muslim Men: You're Losing Your Fellow Muslim Women

Mona Shadia | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Mona Shadia

Every single Muslim man in America, and beyond, should be concerned about the opening of the Women's Mosque of America because it's the biggest indication that the Muslim community is losing its women.

Small & Big: The Interrelation That Exists

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Small is compact and constricted, always seen in comparison to big. The current global scenario demands an existence of both in equal forms. Small maybe frowned upon in terms of size, but it is the reason why big exists.

The Sky Is Not Falling

Scott M. Weber | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Scott M. Weber

The Islamic State's rapid gains on the battlefield and televised beheadings, images of world powers on the point of military confrontation in Ukraine,...

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

Tech Revamps in Prolific Places: Touch Screens in Museums, Libraries With APIs

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 05.27.2014 | Technology
Himanshu Sareen

When it comes to restoring historical buildings or cultural landmarks, there is a certain amount of sensitivity needed in regards to the preservation and essence of such institutions. Such anxieties are admittedly rational.

The Great Degeneration

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Society has become centered in the cities, and in the cities, there is only effectiveness when good government is present.

Bayard Rustin and the Audacity of Hope

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

President Obama's posthumous award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin on November 20, 2013, marked overdue recognition of Rustin's extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement.

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.

Reflections on the Budget Standoff: How a Political Conflict Becomes an Institutional Crisis

Matthew A. Baum | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Matthew A. Baum

What will happen if the Republican Party stays to the right, depriving itself of the support of moderates and the rising demographic groups? It's unclear whether the party as currently constituted can for long continue to compete at the national level.

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

"The Great De(generation)": A Millennial Take With Author Niall Ferguson

Inesha Premaratne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Inesha Premaratne

In the Fall of 2011, Niall Ferguson, a Professor at Harvard University, detailed for a TED audience what he believed to be the "6 killer apps for prosperity."

Venezuela: Constitutional Crisis and a Barely Visible President

The Morningside Post | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
The Morningside Post

If the president-elect is temporarily absent, Cabello is able to govern for a maximum of 180 days, and if the president-elect is permanently absent, Cabello must call a new election within 30 days. Why has Venezuela ignored these constitutional procedures?

MSA National: For 50 Years, 'Students' Has Been Its Middle Name

Altaf Husain | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Altaf Husain

On January 1, 2013, MSA National celebrated 50 years since its founding. This is a historic milestone for many reasons.

Combating Corruption in Transition Countries

John Sullivan | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
John Sullivan

It is important to recognize that corruption is not just a moral problem: it is an institutional problem, a matter of the underlying incentive structures that determine why things work the way they do. This understanding is key to effecting lasting change.

Occupy's Next Move?

Maria Armoudian | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Maria Armoudian

While many supporters of the Occupy demonstrators are agitated over public officials' growing demands that the Occupy settlers move off the occupied grounds, how might the Occupy movement move forward?

Memos From the Developing World: Violence and the Failure of Institutions

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

We can build institutions good enough and legitimate enough not just to prevent violent conflict, but also to avoid falling back into it. The police will be "good" when the streets are safe.

Institutional Change Requires Funerals

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

Originally published on Epolitics.com At dinner the other night, a friend and I ended up talking about ways to drag one of the more hierarchical and ...

Two Scholars Ask: What if Marriage Is Bad for Us?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

Marriage is not for everyone, and people who want to stay single should not be targeted with singlism because of it.