By Kevin C. Brown | Role of government, Urban Policy
A discussion with Mason Williams on Fiorello La Guardia’s critical role in implementing the New Deal in the New York City context, his vision of the role of government, and what the city’s current mayor could learn from the predecessor he most admires. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Urban Policy
Any real estate agent will tell you that "neighborhood matters." Robert Sampson explains just how much, including how neighborhoods differ on measures of trust, "collective efficacy," and altruism. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Environment, Population
Are climate change politics still stuck in the rut created by a famous 1970s bet about the consequences of ever-increasing population growth and resource use? Is "quality of life" a better focus than "survivability"? Paul Sabin, author of "The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future," discusses these and other questions raised by his book. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Economy, History, Markets
That's what Julia Ott, assistant professor in the history of capitalism at The New School, says. In a wide ranging discussion, she describes the not-at-all inevitable path to a broad-based securities market in the United States of the early 20th century. She comments on the tendency of financial reporting to ignore the fact that the development of the market in the U.S. has reflected and continues to reflect the deliberate selection of specific political choices. She also discusses the impact of economic crises in changing (or not changing) the understanding of, and attitudes towards, markets. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Corporations, History, Politics
A discussion with Kim Phillips-Fein, author of a book that traces the conservative movement in the U.S. as it slowly regrouped in the aftermath of the passage of the New Deal. More
By Kevin C. Brown | History, Politics
Robert O. Self discusses how struggles over family were central to the ascendency of conservative ideology in the U.S. after the 1960s and how disputes over the relationship between government and family could result in future political realignments. More