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Lecture 24: Unemployment, Re-employment & Income Security

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Lecture 5: The Resurgent Right in the West

What are the sources and implications of the rise of right wing politics in the West in the late 20th century? Prof. Shapiro discusses how the collapse of communism was (maybe counterintuitively) beneficial to the right, two logics of distributive politics, the median voter theorem, and how interests, institutions and ideals influence individual's ideas of fairness in politics. He then discusses the implications of the rise of the right in two-party versus multiparty systems.
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Lecture 21: Backlash - 2016 and Beyond

In this lecture, Professor Ian Shapiro explores the economic, demographic, & cultural sources of the 2016 backlash and the larger puzzle of resurgent identity politics.
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Lecture 20: Fallout: The Housing Crisis and its Aftermath

In this lecture, Professor Shapiro discusses what produced the subprime mortgage crisis, what the results were and what the lessons are for today.
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Lecture 13: The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect

In this lecture, Prof. Ian Shapiro provides an international law background on non-intervention; discusses what the ICC and R2P are, and how radical they were for a refashioning of the legal and political order; as well as goes over the roles played by interest, institutions and ideas in the establishment of the ICC and R2P.
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Lecture 11: Democracy’s Fourth Wave? South Africa, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East

How do we get democracies, and how do we keep them? Prof. Ian Shapiro leads the audience through the four waves of democratization and discusses four types of democratic transitions. He then talks about the dynamics of negotiated settlements and their likelihood of success, failure and inclusiveness by using South Africa, Northern Ireland and the Middle East as examples.

Lecture 18: Political Limits of Business: The Israel-Palestine Case

In this lecture, Prof. Ian Shapiro and Nicholas Strong, Yale College Class of 2018, discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Breaking the Impasse advocacy group consisting of Israeli and Palestinian business leaders, subsequent business efforts and lessons learned.

Lecture 24: Unemployment, Re-employment & Income Security

In this lecture, Prof. Ian Shapiro focuses on the question: How to respond to endemic and permanent wage insecurity in light of last lecture's discussion of politics?

Lecture 10: Money in Politics

In this lecture, Professor Shapiro discusses supply of and demand for money in politics. He provides an overview of myths and realities on courts in American politics, discusses the first amendment since Buckley v. Valeo, the importance of the changing media context, and finally the demand for money in an area of weak parties.

Lecture 23: Building Blocks of Distributive Politics

In this lecture, Prof. Ian Shapiro discusses six building blocks of distributive politics and why policy without politics is empty, and politics without policy is blind.

24. Creating a Nation

The American Revolution (HIST 116)

Professor Freeman discusses the national debate over the proposed Constitution, arguing that in many ways, when Americans debated its ratification, they were debating the consequences and meaning of the Revolution. Some feared that a stronger, more centralized government would trample on the rights and liberties that had been won through warfare, pushing the new nation back into tyranny, monarchy, or aristocracy. The Federalist essays represented one particularly ambitious attempt to quash Anti-Federalist criticism of the Constitution. In the end, the Anti-Federalists did have one significant victory, securing a Bill of Rights to be added after the new Constitution had been ratified by the states.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Creating a Nation
02:53 - Chapter 2. Difficulties in Ratifying the Constitution: Exchanges between Jefferson and Madison, and Ezra Stiles's Diary
14:20 - Chapter 3. Debates on Balance of Power between Anti-Federalists and Federalists
22:32 - Chapter 4. In Defense of the Constitution: The Federalist Essays
28:54 - Chapter 5. The Anti-Federalists' Push for Bill of Rights
36:04 - Chapter 6. General Consensus on Experimenting with Republican Government and Conclusion

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.
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Unemployee Orientation

Unemployment is fast becoming America's #1 career! Get things started right by viewing this video. Your future looks bright!

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Lecture 9: Privatizing Government II: Prisons and the Military

In this lecture, Prof. Shapiro discusses the privatization of two core government functions, providing military and prisons. He talks about host nation trucking in Afghanistan and provides background on the emergence of U.S. private prisons before he draws useful comparisons between the military and prison industries on how we should think about the consequences of privatization in both areas.

IPS-Nathan Lecture I - Disruption. Democracy Falters. Capitalism Flounders. World Order Unravels.

World in Transition: Singapore's Future by Professor Chan Heng Chee
Professor Chan Heng Chee’s lectures will examine Singapore’s place in an uncertain and fast-changing world. Covid-19 caught the international community by surprise, with the unprecedented speed and magnitude of the damage it has inflicted on public health and the economy. It has upended the way we work and live. At the same time, the uncertainty surrounding our world order remains. What will the continued US-China rivalry mean for Singapore? How will we see technology and trade shape the world moving forward? Is it all doom and gloom for Singapore? What about our circumstances might help us as we approach the new normal that lies ahead of us?

Lecture I: Disruption. Democracy Falters. Capitalism Flounders. World Order Unravels.
We are told we live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. We are experiencing the unprecedented, swiftly developing Covid-19 crisis, and people all over the world are anxious. Even before Covid-19, the world had experienced dramatic technological and climate change, and stark inequality. Globalisation has spurred growth globally, but also caused disruption in countries. There have been debates about a crisis of democracy in the West. Problems in how capitalism functions have been exposed. The established liberal international order has been unravelling. This lecture will examine significant developments and turning points in recent times, and the implications for the future.


1:05 min
Welcome Remarks by
Mr Janadas
Devan Director
Institute of Policy Studies

4:43 min
Lecture by
Professor Chan Heng Chee
7th SR Nathan Fellow

56:59 min
Question-and-Answer Session moderated by
Professor Danny Quah
Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore


Date: 18 June 2020
Time: 06.00 pm - 07.30 pm

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Lecture 25: Tough Nuts - Education and Health Insurance

Prof. Ian Shapiro looks at two other challenges, K-12 education and universal health insurance, in light of two especially strong obstacles in the United States, fiscal federalism and inertia that privileges path dependence.

Senior Loeb Scholar lecture: David Harvey

3/28/16 It is David Harvey’s contention that the production of space, especially the distribution and organization of the territory, constitutes a principal aspect of capitalist economies. His writings on this theme have contributed to the ongoing political debate on globalization and on the different spatial strategies associated to global processes. A foundation of Harvey’s intellectual project is his “close reading” and interpretation of Karl Marx’s Capital, which he has taught and read for decades and documented in his Companion to Marx’s Capital (2010). But Harvey’s work is distinguished by the way he has brought Marxism together with geography with productive results for each discipline. For instance, he has approached the overaccumulation of capital by way of its reflection in spatial expansion in order to demonstrate its causative role. His book Limits to Capital (1982), which traces this argument, is a mainstay of the contemporary understanding of capitalism’s perennial economic crises (among others are Ernest Mandel’s Late Capitalism (1972), Giovanni Arrighi’s Long 20th Century (1994) and Robert Brenner’s Economics of Global Turbulence (2006)). Among other ideas, Harvey is known for his critical interpretation of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre and his own formulation of the “right to the city.” His book Spaces of Hope (2000) explores a role for architecture in bridging between the human body and the uneven development that is characteristic of globalization. Asked to single out a favorite of Harvey’s books, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi refers to Harvey’s book Social Justice and the City (1973) as “an important articulation of the relationship between the city as a physical artifact and its social consequences. His writings have provided an acute analysis of our society and provide an indispensable framework for new forms of spatial imagination. David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), is the 2015–2016 Senior Loeb Scholar.
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The Government as Employer of Last Resort? Evidence from a Canadian Experiment

This lecture is part of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy's COVID-19 Lecture Series: From Crisis to Recovery.

Recently, but especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been renewed interest in the idea of a guaranteed annual income. Less well known, there’s been a renewal in the idea of a job guarantee. In this presentation, Dr. Pigeon talked about the history of the job guarantee policy idea and explored the impact of a little-known federal pilot project from the early 2000’s called the Community Employment Innovation Project (CEIP). In many respects, the CEIP mimicked the way advocates say a job guarantee should work. Drawing on the CEIP case, our speaker offered some policy recommendations for the design of both policy ideas in a post-COVID world.

PRESENTED BY: Marc-Andre Pigeon, JSGS Assistant Professor and Director, Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives.

Dr. Pigeon’s academic background is in economics as well as communications studies (including journalism), having studied at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and New School University in New York City. His research interests include the study of cooperatives, behavioural economics/psychology, income distribution, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policy.

American Democracy March 14, 2019 Lecture

Civilian Assistance and Re-Employment Program (CARE): Finalist Presentation

The Department of Defense's Civilian Assistance and Re-Employment Program (CARE), an Innovations in American Government Awards finalist, presented before the National Selection Committee in 1995.

The Realignment Ep. 33: Matt Stoller, the COVID-19 Economy

Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project, returns to The Realignment to discuss the structure of the economy during and after the COVID-19 outbreak

Professor Richard Wolff: Why the Economic Crisis Deepens | The New School

Presented by the Graduate Program in International Affairs |


Graduate Program in International Affairs instructor, Professor Richard Wolff, will speak about recent policies of the government since the economic crisis and why recovery isn't working.

Professor Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan.

Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne).

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Location: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.
09/30/2010 6:30 p.m.

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