Politics and Government

  • 'Full of injustice': Burden of court fines vary by race, county in Washington

    Legal financial obligations, or LFOs, can burden people with suffocating debt long after they’ve done their time in prison. Yet the way court fines and fees are imposed in Washington can depend both on who you are and where the crime occurred. Alexes Harris, professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.
    Yakima Herald
  • The Return of the Marcoses

    "The level of support in the Philippines for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. cannot be explained by social media disinformation or sheer coercion alone," writes Vincente Rafael, Professor in the Department of History.

    The New York Review
  • China Is Encircling Taiwan and Dropping Bombs Near Its Coast

    “Having this visit, even though it is largely symbolic and performative and doesn’t necessarily make Taiwan safer, can be seen as a small step toward normalization, for Taiwan to conduct a diplomatic practice like any other nation in the world,” said James Lin, a faculty member of the Jackson School of International Studies.

  • Analysis: Analyzing how 3 US presidents announced the deaths of terrorist leaders

    The sight of a U.S. president announcing the death of a terrorist leader has been a fixture in American politics over the past 11 years. The words each president uttered and their mannerisms at the podium reveal a lot about the type of leader they are attempting to be. Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the UW, is quoted.
  • Analysis: Three reasons why Manchin did a U-turn on climate policy

    "Last week on July 27, Senator Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Schumer (D-NY) announced the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which provides $369 billion for climate and energy projects, including a tax credit up to $7,500 for electric vehicles (EVs). The IRA was a surprise to many. After all, on December 19, 2021, Manchin had withdrawn support for IRA’s previous incarnation, Build Back Better (BBB) Act, citing concerns about inflation. On July 14, 2022, he went further, announcing an end to negotiations on even a slimmed-down BBB," write the UW's Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.
  • Analysis: Inflation reduction act is a step forward but climate policy contradictions remain

    "Yesterday Senators Schumer and Manchin reached an agreement to provide $369 billion for climate and energy projects. Of course, many obstacles have to be overcome before this agreement, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), is enacted into law. While additional climate funding is helpful, particularly for the electric vehicles, solar, and wind, core questions about the speed and direction of the U.S. climate policy remain unresolved. Specifically, while the IRA provides funding for climate projects, the Biden administration seems to have become a cheer leader for the fossil fuel industry. Thus, the depth of this administration’s commitment to pursue climate goals in the face of obstacles such as energy inflation remains unclear," write UW's Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.
  • Analysis: Red states are building a nation within a nation

    It was a revealing sign of the times when the Supreme Court last week, in response to a lawsuit from the Republican state attorneys general in Texas and Louisiana, blocked President Joe Biden's administration from changing a key element of federal immigration policy. The case was just the latest example of how red states, supported by Republican-appointed judges, are engaging in a multi-front offensive to seize control of national policy even while Democrats hold the White House and nominally control both the House and Senate. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
  • In WA's hottest congressional race, look to Leavenworth

    Leavenworth, Wash., is nestled in the North Cascades just a couple hours from Seattle. “People here are very independent," said Marco Aurilio, who serves on the Leavenworth City Council, and the politics are different here, too. Jake Grumbach, assistant professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
  • Should we tax unhealthy and emissions-heavy food?

    Is there a way to take the idea of carbon taxing to the grocery aisle? New research suggests that tax policies could minimize green house gas emissions and improve dietary quality at the same time. Aseem Prakash, professor of political science at the UW, is quoted.
    Popular Science
  • Seattle's soda tax beneficial for lower-income communities, according to UW study

    A new study by the University of Washington found that sweetened beverage taxes, on products like soda, produce benefits for low-income families. Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Melissa Knox, associate teaching professor of economics at the UW, are referenced.
  • Analysis: Cosponsoring the Green New Deal boosted Democrats' vote share

    "Our research suggests that co-sponsoring the Green New Deal helped in the 2020 elections. Could it boost incumbents’ votes in the 2022 midterms as well?" write UW's Meagan Carmack, a doctoral student in political science; Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs; and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.

    The Washington Post
  • Podcast: Carl Bernstein on the past and future of news

    In a recent podcast, Carl Bernstein talks with Matthew Powers, associate professor of communications at the UW.
  • Analysis: With Trump's role on Jan. 6 becoming clearer, and potentially criminal, GOP voters are starting to look at different options

    "As the Jan. 6 committee reconvened for another round of hearings, the question remains: Will the Justice Department indict former President Donald Trump for his role in the assault on the U.S. Capitol? In public testimony, the evidence is mounting against Trump," write Victor Menaldo, professor of political science at the UW, and James Long, associate professor of political science at the UW.
    The Conversation
  • New faculty books: Threats to US democracy, early history of gay rights, and more

    Federalism, queer history, the impact of the Russian Revolution on Jewish communities, and the evolution of Filipinx American studies are among the subjects of recent and upcoming books by UW faculty.
    UW News
  • Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

    New research led by University of Washington professors James Krieger and Melissa Knox found that sweetened beverage taxes redistributed dollars from higher- to lower-income households.
    UW News