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Regulation

Pressure at the patent office

Reforms must ensure that both the public and practitioners know how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will make its judgments. This means taking away the power to make broad policy decisions behind closed doors or outside formal administrative processes from any future USPTO officials.

August 10, 2022 • Daniel Takash
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Podcasts
Political Science

Is democracy declining in the American states?

Federalism is supposed to allow policy to vary with local opinion and circumstances. But American politics has nationalized, with many seeing states as arenas for national political debates among partisan networks rather than opportunities for state-specific solutions. And states are even fighting about the basic ground rules of democracy. Jacob Grumbach findsthat nationalization made state policy respond more to party control, with legislators responding to activist donors over public opinion, states copying electorally successful policies only from states controlled by the same party, & Republican states causing democratic backsliding. 

August 10, 2022 • Matt Grossmann
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Commentary
Housing
Poverty

The three YIMBY bills: How Congress can mitigate underproduction

Each bill represents a positive step toward a consensus that market-rate housing should be more abundant and less expensive.

August 8, 2022 • Andrew Justus
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Pressure at the patent office
By Daniel Takash
Is democracy declining in the American states?
By Matt Grossmann
The three YIMBY bills: How Congress can mitigate underproduction
By Andrew Justus