Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Impeaching Brazil’s President Rousseff opens new era of institutional instability

Kenneth M. Roberts is a professor of government at Cornell University, teaching comparative and Latin America politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development and the politics of inequality. His most recent work is Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In voting to impeach […]

Brazilians demand change, with few political and economic options

This weekend, Brazil saw some of the largest anti-government protests in its history with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators calling for the country’s President Dilma Rousseff to resign. Protesters voiced their frustration against the poor state of the economy, as well as increasing corruption among the political elite. Lourdes Casanova, academic director of the Emerging […]