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Special Interest Influence Under Direct Versus Representative Democracy, John G. Matsusaka Jul 2018

Special Interest Influence Under Direct Versus Representative Democracy, John G. Matsusaka

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

The ability of economic interest groups to influence policy is a common theme in economics and political science. Most theories posit that interest group power arises from the ability to influence elected or appointed government officials through vote-buying, lobbying, or revolving doors; that is, by exploiting the representative part of democracy. This raises the question: does special interest influence decline when policy is chosen using direct democracy, without involvement of representatives? An analysis of the content of the universe of state-level ballot initiatives during 1904-2017 reveals that business interests have been worse off as a result of initiatives across major ...


Is Government Really Broken?, Cary Coglianese Jul 2018

Is Government Really Broken?, Cary Coglianese

Faculty Scholarship

The widespread public angst that surfaced around the 2016 presidential election in the United States revealed that many Americans believe their government has become badly broken. Given the serious problems that continue to persist in society—crime, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, discrimination, and more—these beliefs in a government breakdown are understandable. Yet a breakdown is actually far from self-evident. In this paper, I explain how diagnoses of governmental performance depend on the perspective from which current conditions in the country are viewed. Certainly when judged against a standard of perfection, America has a long way to go. But perfection is ...


Nfib V. Sebelius At 5, Nicole Huberfeld Jun 2018

Nfib V. Sebelius At 5, Nicole Huberfeld

University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy

No abstract provided.


Reflections On Two Years Of P.R.O.M.E.S.A., David A. Skeel Jr. Jun 2018

Reflections On Two Years Of P.R.O.M.E.S.A., David A. Skeel Jr.

Faculty Scholarship

This Essay draws both on my scholarly and on my personal experience as a member of Puerto Rico’s oversight board to assess the first two years of the Board’s existence. I begin in a scholarly mode, by exploring the question of where P.R.O.M.E.S.A., the legislation that created the Board, came from. P.R.O.M.E.S.A.’s core provisions are, I will argue, the product of two historical patterns that have emerged in responses to the financial distress of public entities in the United States. The first dates back to ...


Book Review: Business And Commercial Litigation In Federal Courts (Fourth), Roger Z. Bollman Jun 2018

Book Review: Business And Commercial Litigation In Federal Courts (Fourth), Roger Z. Bollman

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Failing Our Workers: How The Fmla And Rfra Disadvantage Female Workers In The United States When Compared To Their European Union Counterparts, Penelope Scudder Jun 2018

Failing Our Workers: How The Fmla And Rfra Disadvantage Female Workers In The United States When Compared To Their European Union Counterparts, Penelope Scudder

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


One Size Fits All: Unaccompanied Alien Children And The Right To Appointed Counsel, Ginny Nunez, Esq. Jun 2018

One Size Fits All: Unaccompanied Alien Children And The Right To Appointed Counsel, Ginny Nunez, Esq.

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Child Soldiers In Myanmar: Role Of Myanmar Government And Limitations Of International Law, Prajakta Gupte Jun 2018

Child Soldiers In Myanmar: Role Of Myanmar Government And Limitations Of International Law, Prajakta Gupte

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


The "Leniency Epidemic": A Study Of Leniency Granted To Convicted Rapists In America And Australia, Kathleen Tierney Jun 2018

The "Leniency Epidemic": A Study Of Leniency Granted To Convicted Rapists In America And Australia, Kathleen Tierney

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


A Prescription To Cure The High Cost Of Pharmaceuticals In America, Anthony J. Jensen Jun 2018

A Prescription To Cure The High Cost Of Pharmaceuticals In America, Anthony J. Jensen

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


U.S. Policy In The Arctic: The Implications Of The South China Sea Arbitration Award On American Policy And Unclos, Brian Finneran Jun 2018

U.S. Policy In The Arctic: The Implications Of The South China Sea Arbitration Award On American Policy And Unclos, Brian Finneran

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


How Principles Of Sharia Law Could Encourage Savings By America's Poor, Joseph M. Ruth Jun 2018

How Principles Of Sharia Law Could Encourage Savings By America's Poor, Joseph M. Ruth

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Vigilante "Justice": The Need For An International Response To End President Duterte's Lawless Antidrug Campaign In The Philippines, Daniel Sawey Jun 2018

Vigilante "Justice": The Need For An International Response To End President Duterte's Lawless Antidrug Campaign In The Philippines, Daniel Sawey

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Untangling The Complicated Relationship Between International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights Law In Armed Conflict, Waseem Ahmad Qureshi Jun 2018

Untangling The Complicated Relationship Between International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights Law In Armed Conflict, Waseem Ahmad Qureshi

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


A Conceptual Incongruence Between International Laws Of Self-Defense And The International Core Crime Of Aggression, Salar Abbasi Jun 2018

A Conceptual Incongruence Between International Laws Of Self-Defense And The International Core Crime Of Aggression, Salar Abbasi

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Nato, The Eu, And The Arab Refugee Crisis, Shams Al Din Al Hajjaji Jun 2018

Nato, The Eu, And The Arab Refugee Crisis, Shams Al Din Al Hajjaji

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Pushing A Right To Abortion Through The Back Door: The Need For Integrity In The U.N. Treaty Monitoring System, And Perhaps A Treaty Amendment, Andrea Stevens Jun 2018

Pushing A Right To Abortion Through The Back Door: The Need For Integrity In The U.N. Treaty Monitoring System, And Perhaps A Treaty Amendment, Andrea Stevens

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Anti-Conversion Laws And The International Response, Meghan G. Fischer Jun 2018

Anti-Conversion Laws And The International Response, Meghan G. Fischer

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Foreward Jun 2018

Foreward

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Table Of Contents Jun 2018

Table Of Contents

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Dedications Jun 2018

Dedications

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


Jlia Masthead 2017-2018 Jun 2018

Jlia Masthead 2017-2018

Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs

No abstract provided.


What Can The Legal Profession Learn From The Medical Profession About The Next Steps?, Dr. Eric Holmboe, Dr. Robert Englander Jun 2018

What Can The Legal Profession Learn From The Medical Profession About The Next Steps?, Dr. Eric Holmboe, Dr. Robert Englander

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


After Ten Years: The Carnegie Report And Contemporary Legal Education, William M. Sullivan Jun 2018

After Ten Years: The Carnegie Report And Contemporary Legal Education, William M. Sullivan

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Building On The Professionalism Foundation Of Best Practices For Legal Education, Paula Schaefer Jun 2018

Building On The Professionalism Foundation Of Best Practices For Legal Education, Paula Schaefer

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Foreword, Daniel B. Rodriguez Jun 2018

Foreword, Daniel B. Rodriguez

Northwestern University Law Review

No abstract provided.


Data And Decentralization: Measuring The Performance Of Legal Institutions In Multilevel Systems Of Governance, Kevin E. Davis Jun 2018

Data And Decentralization: Measuring The Performance Of Legal Institutions In Multilevel Systems Of Governance, Kevin E. Davis

New York University Law and Economics Working Papers

Most countries rely on multiple levels of government, and many important legal institutions are subnational in scope. There are now several indicators that purport to measure the performance of legal institutions, but they tend to focus on institutions at a single level of government, typically the national level. Although it is useful to develop indicators that isolate the performance of individual legal institutions within multi-level systems of government, this can be a challenging exercise. Moreover, there are good reasons why potential suppliers of indicators may not be interested in taking on the challenge. It is difficult to produce accurate legal ...


When At Loggerheads With Customary International Law: The Right To Run For Public Office And The Right To Vote, Thompson Chengeta Jun 2018

When At Loggerheads With Customary International Law: The Right To Run For Public Office And The Right To Vote, Thompson Chengeta

Brooklyn Journal of International Law

Many populist demagogues in America and Europe have spoken; and continue to speak; against human rights in their campaigns for political office. This article discusses the factors that have contributed to the current wave of populism; and the nature of the challenges that are presented by populism to democracy; human rights; and constitutionalism from an international human rights law perspective. It also focuses on President Donald Trump; who was voted President of the United States; even after he clearly and publicly indicated his support for torture and his intentions to approve it in the United States. To that end; the ...


Whistleblowers—A Case Study In The Regulatory Cycle For Financial Services, Ronald H. Filler, Jerry W. Markham Jun 2018

Whistleblowers—A Case Study In The Regulatory Cycle For Financial Services, Ronald H. Filler, Jerry W. Markham

Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission were directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) to create whistleblower protection programs that reward informants with massive bounty payments. At the time of its passage, the Dodd-Frank Act was a highly controversial statute that was passed on partisan lines. Its whistleblowing authority was one of its “most contentious provisions.” As the result of the 2016 elections, the Dodd-Frank Act has come under renewed attack in Congress and by the new Trump administration. The stage is being set for possible repeal of ...


Essay: Corporate Triplespeak: Responses By Investor-Owned Utilities To The Epa’S Proposed Clean Power Plan, Alan R. Palmiter Jun 2018

Essay: Corporate Triplespeak: Responses By Investor-Owned Utilities To The Epa’S Proposed Clean Power Plan, Alan R. Palmiter

Brooklyn Law Review

During the year following the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to regulate CO2 emissions in the power sector, the largest investor-owned electric utilities engaged in a curious triplespeak. Employing the moral language of political conservatives, the utilities focused on whether and how the EPA had transgressed its “traditional” regulatory role, thus altering the “structure” of energy federalism and potentially “degrading” orderly power supplies. In disclosure filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the utilities used the moral language of political libertarians, focusing on the “financial risks” that federal government “intervention” poses to efficient power “markets” and to the “freedom ...