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Brookings 10/30/2020 17:52
Since the early 1990s, there have been significant transformations in political systems in many African countries. These institutional changes have resulted in, for example, the demise of the racially based apartheid system in the Republic of South Africa and the introduction of a nonracial democracy. Many civilian and military dictatorships have fallen, paving the way…
Brookings 10/29/2020 17:18
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai testifies remotely during a U.S. Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., October 28, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS Casey Newton, founder of the new "Platformer" newsletter covering Big Tech and democracy and the former Silicon Valley editor for The Verge, has followed developments in content moderation…
Brookings 10/29/2020 14:31
Washington, D.C. — Brookings Institution President John R. Allen announced today the opening of recruitment for the third class of David M. Rubenstein Fellows. The challenges facing the United States and the world require rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generates impactful policy solutions. Through the Rubenstein Fellows program, made possible by a generous gift from…
Brookings 10/29/2020 13:00
Since 1994, the Federal Reserve has launched—or, in many cases, been shoved into—an era of more open communication. Before 1994, the Fed would not even publish the results of its interest-rate decisions, leaving the news to percolate through market activity. Central bankers cultivated an aura of mystique, focused on opacity in communication. Fed Chairman Alan…
Brookings 10/29/2020 11:20
Contents Introduction Part 1: Why workers deserve hazard pay What is hazard pay? Low-wage frontline workers deserve hazard pay The pandemic recession makes hazard pay more urgent Part 2: The state of hazard pay Early ambitions and stalled progress for federal hazard pay State and local governments fill the void with innovative hazard pay programs…
Brookings 10/29/2020 11:10
The United States of America is a race-plural nation – the American middle class is no different. If we define the middle class as those in the middle 60 percent of the household income distribution, with annual household incomes between $40,000 and $154,000, then 59 percent of the middle class is white, 12 percent of the group is Black, 18 percent is Hispanic, and 6 percent is Asian. Given the…
Brookings 10/28/2020 17:37
With less than a week before voting in the 2020 election concludes, Elaine Kamarck takes a look at early voting trends—who is voting early, how many votes have already come in, and whether voter turnout will break historic records. Kamarck also explains how states are wrangling with legal challenges to expanded voting access, including this…
Brookings 10/28/2020 15:56
Norms and expectations of what corporations should do are changing rapidly. In August 2019, the Business Roundtable, an influential club of the chief executives of major U.S. corporations, announced a new statement on the “Purpose of a Corporation”. Signed by 181 CEOs, the statement of purpose called for a departure from "shareholder primacy" to “stakeholderism”…
Brookings 10/28/2020 15:44
On October 20, the U.S. Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust suit against Google. Examining possible remedies for the company’s alleged anticompetitive conduct reveals some important lessons for the promotion of competition in digital markets. The first lesson is that it is difficult for antitrust agencies to develop and administer effective measures to promote…
Brookings 10/28/2020 14:42
The past four years have seen a global rise in populist right-wing leaders with distinctly authoritarian tendencies. The paradoxical tendency of populist leaders to win on anti-corruption platforms only to then themselves engage in alleged corruption has been widely noted. But there remains much more to say about the underlying causes of this conundrum. Three…
Brookings 10/28/2020 10:48
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an increased focus on public health, particularly in school settings. From social distancing to testing regimes, education leaders are making serious changes to ensure that schools are safe for students, staff, and teachers. As the school experience continues to be reinvented, research points to an overlooked but potentially critical…

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