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The erosion of democracies in countries like Turkey, Brazil, Phillipines, Egypt, Honduras, Russia and Venezuela have slipped into authoritarian regimes. This is not driven by social norms but institutional norms that reside in their national constitutions. These nations were typically former authoritarian regimes that transitioned to a democracy which left them implementing safeguards for the elites and allows for political repression of their opposition. This tendcy to slip into authoritarianism can be counteracted but requires mass mobilization, benevolvent leadership, and trust in... Read more
Caleb Huffman said that his transition to the University of Washington from a small town of Onalaska was daunting because of the number of undergraduates is 30 times larger than his hometown. In UW, Huffman explored his interest in building bridges between communities. After his first year at UW, Huffman traveled outside the U.S. for the first time to study global cities and human migrations and volunteer at a refugee center in Rome with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of State. In his sophomore year, Huffman was accepted into the Husky Presidential Ambassadors Leadership... Read more
Professors Whiting, Ainsley, and Caporaso
STORY BY DIVYA RAJASEKHAR // MAY 5, 2018 // THE DAILY On Thursday, the political science department hosted its Spring Faculty Panel: Trump, Trade, Tariffs. During the panel, three faculty from the department, Jim Caporaso, Susan Whiting, and Caitlin Ainsley, discussed the arguments for and against protectionism and what the United States could learn from its history of trade wars. Caporaso synthesized President Donald Trump’s feelings about trade wars when he remarked, “Trade wars are good and easy to win.” He... Read more
In Change They Can’t Believe In by Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto, they examined the extent to which the Tea Party were who they claimed to be. In their social research, they found that the Tea Party were about reactionary impulse against social change. Similar to the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s on the Catholic immigrants, the KKK on the “New Negro” in the United States after WWI and the John Birch Society around 1950s-60s on the civil rights movement. In their upcoming book... Read more
Austin Hudgens
The Political Science Department at UW Seattle sent two undergraduates to a conference on EU politics at Scripps College - Claremont last month.   One of them, Austin Hudgens, was given special recognition for his research paper and will be published in their annual journal. From Austin, In early April of this year I attended the 16th annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, to present my paper, The Quiet Rise of the Far-Left... Read more
Mohamed Elias
Mohamed Elias is a Political Science major and Jewish Studies minor. With the support of a Mitchell F. and Sophie Wise Ehrlich Opportunity Grant,  he will participate  in a program sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Yiddish and Bard College this summer. As an Iraqi native who speaks Judeo-Arabic, his interest in studying Yiddish stems from his desire to help revive this historically significant language. Being knowledgeable about Yiddish language and literature will allow him to access to the rich culture and history of Central and Eastern European Jewry.
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President Donald Trump is drifting towards an authoritarian approach to deal with his economy, just like what Mexico did, which are crony capitalism and trade protectionism. What this means is that he will help his favored industries out by providing exemptions from tax and regulations that everyone else had to abide by,  subsidies and extend cheap loans that taxpayers may have to pay. For his enemies, he will tax them, take away their resources, and hit them with antitrust suits because they are innovative and reduces the authoritarians' power. This is similar to what Mexico did under the... Read more
Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan announced that he would not seek re-election in November and said that he wanted more time with his family. However, there are more reasons to it and they showed that if the Democrats won the House this November, Paul Ryan is one of the reason. He announced his retirement in the same week as the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal deficit in 2020 would exceed almost a trillion dollars. Despite that he portrayed himself as a humble politician that wanted a bipartisan solution to the deficit, he never cared about the deficit. He cut tax on... Read more
Recently, 13 major universities launched the University Climate Change Coalition. Despite their commitment, academics are accumulating big carbon footprints when they fly frequently for their professional lifestyles. According to the EPA, a passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of CO2 per year and a round-trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Beijing generates around the same amount of CO2 per passenger seated in the economy class.   One solution is to increase the cost of travel by requiring professors and their sponsors to pay for the social cost of carbon. This will cause academics... Read more