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Lobby Law in Chile: Democratizing Access to Public Authorities

The Lobbying Act of 2014, a reform 10 years in the making, and the commitments of the Chilean government in its Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) to adopt and implement the legislation, must be situated in the wider context of reforms designed to combat corruption and promote transparency.

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A Matter of Political Time: The Rise of Populist Leaders

With the commotion of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election still echoing, pundits have looked inward to understand what the weekly polls got wrong. Incomplete sample sizes, overestimated voter turnouts, and incorrect assumptions about demographic loyalties are topping recent lists of explanations for how President Donald Trump captured over 270 electoral votes. Trump’s victory over long-time… Read more »

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An Outsider Look at the US Presidential Elections

Almost 650 days have passed since Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the Presidency. Nearly 550 since President-elect Donald Trump did the same. More than a year and a half since this competition started, I cannot believe it is finally over and Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President. Certainly, the results were shocking for most of us: for the campaigns, for the pollsters, and for the pundits, among others.

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Interview with Senator Jorge Robledo of Colombia

The Cornell Policy Review interviewed Senator Jorge Robledo, from Colombia, during his visit to the Cornell campus in Ithaca. He talked about the recent rejection of the peace process agreement in Colombia and other relevant issues.

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Access to Care as a Human Right: Addressing Health Inequities in the Transgender Community

The past few years have ushered in a new era of visibility for the transgender (trans*) community. From Amazon’s breakout hit Transparent to Laverne Cox’s groundbreaking cover of Time magazine, trans* individuals are seeing their previously overlooked stories reflected in mainstream culture. And let us not forget Bruce Jenner’s heartfelt coming-out interview with ABC’s Diane… Read more »

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Seth Harris: Lessons Learned as a Labor Secretary

For a consummate policy insider who still has the ear of the people around the president, Seth Harris ILR ‘83, former deputy labor secretary turned Cornell distinguished scholar and global lawyer, is ready, after three decades of loyal service, to finally start speaking in his own voice. A veteran of four Democratic transition planning teams… Read more »

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The President’s 2016 State of the Union Address in Review

After six years in office, President Barack Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union address to Congress and the American public on the anniversary of his inauguration on January 20, 2009. For the first time in his presidency, the national economy looks improved, with “record low unemployment” and steadily increasing economic growth. For a… Read more »

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The U.S. – China Climate Pact: First Reactions to ‘Landmark’ Deal

After months of difficult negotiations, the United States and China have reached an accord on reducing their respective country’s contributions to the global climate problem. This past Wednesday, President Obama and President Xi Jinping jointly announced an agreement to cut carbon emissions. In this agreement, the U.S. has agreed to reduce its carbon emissions between… Read more »

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Controversial Science? The Politics of Climate Change

I remember the days of my earth science class in middle school. I learned about geological formations, seismic activities, and meteorological and climatological studies. These subjects were presented to me as facts, with no political commentary to cloud my comprehension of the information. Yet in today’s society, science, particularly the science of our earth, is… Read more »

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When do quality in-home healthcare and fair labor practices conflict?

Raising the minimum wage seems to be a trending economic push within city councils, state assemblies, and the federal government. Since the beginning of the year, the White House has been actively lobbying Congress to raise the minimum wage by proposing an hourly jump of $2.85, bringing the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour…. Read more »