Search Results for ""political system"" : 38

by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

by Illustration by Daryl Seitchik One can hardly fail to notice the growing “cornflake-ification” of politics in the midst of the 2012 Republican primaries. Ideology has become irrelevant; the focus is now on personality. A candidate’s hairstyle counts as much as his views on immigration – or on, say, Libya. The voter is the consumer, the candidate the product. Behind this growing business lurk some of the most powerful men of the mod…

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by / on January 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, Winter 2013, World

Red Hot Chile-crats

by With its unique history, culture, and geographic diversity, Chile provokes the interest of observers and analysts. Yet, it is one of Chile’s more scarcely commented upon features − its outlandish political system− that has great potential to yield some truly valuable insights. A function of its tumultuous recent past, Chile’s political set-up possesses many unusual features. The country remains the only one with a binomial electora…

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by / on March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Roots of Brazilian Impunity

…erests.”  Fishlow also stressed the importance of free press in the process of eliminating corruption within the political system. Lastly, he affirmed that Brazil has taken serious measures to impugn corrupt political figures since the scandal. Afterwards, Luiz Felipe d’Avila continued the discussion on corruption by emphasizing the importance of values and he stated that the loss of certain values could undermine a political system. He then went…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election

Blast from the Past: Citizens United; Columbians Divided

by In 2010, the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that corporations and unions could not be prohibited from broadcasting electioneering communications (ads that mention a candidate) within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary, which had previously been the restriction of the McCain-Feingold Act since 2002. What does this mean for the way campaigns and policymaking are influenced in t…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:52 am / in Domestic, Election, Judicial, Student Stump

Citizens United, Columbians Divided

by Illustration by Kaela Chambers In 2010, the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that corporations and unions could not be prohibited from broadcasting electioneering communications (ads that mention a candidate) within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary, which had previously been the restriction of the McCain-Feingold Act since 2002. What does this mean for the way campaigns and p…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm / in Content, Domestic, Election, Issue

Reading the Tea Leaves

by After a summer of intense partisan political protests and a series of bold, left-leaning initiatives pushed by the new president, it comes as no surprise that conservatism has united to gain traction in recent months. With a Democratic majority in the House and the Senate, it may be a surprise then that a June 2009 Gallup Poll showed that conservatives are currently the single largest ideological group in the United States: with 40…

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by / on April 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Moral Hazard in Healthcare

by Providing political coverage for this year’s Kenneth Arrow Lecture on moral hazard in the health insurance industry is a difficult task because everyone in the room seemed to be convinced that healthcare is not a political issue. This year’s speaker, MIT economics professor Amy Finkelstein, spent her time outlining what we’ve learned about moral hazard since Arrow’s own groundbreaking work in 1963. By Finkelstein’s own admission, A…

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by / on February 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: George Stephanopoulos

by On Tuesday afternoon, TV journalist, political analyst, and best-selling author – George Stephanopoulos – participated in a question and answer session at Columbia University. In many respects, the event was, for Stephanopoulos, a return to the roots of his career. Stephanopoulos (CC’82), who was salutatorian, a Truman Scholar, and later a Rhodes Scholar, began his career in journalism as a sportscaster for the Universit…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm / in Domestic

Classroots Activism

by Brian Jones has a lot to be excited about. A New York City public school teacher deeply involved in grassroots organizing, he sees a growing radical vision among his fellow activists. “More and more parents and teachers are beginning to understand that it’s not about this policy or that, but really an all-out war over public education,” he explains. In the past several years, there have been numerous flare-ups of protest activity…

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