Author Archives: Peter

About Peter

Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.

Massachusetts tax shortfall: up to $750 million this fiscal year

Facebook19 Twitter1Total20Declining tax revenues will likely cost our state about $500-$750 million during the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. Over the next five quarters, the loss may reach $3 billion. I believe the total budget for the … Continue reading

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Trump’s polling bump in perspective

Facebook31 Twitter0Total31I’ve collected polls of France’s Emmanuel Macron (but this site shows less improvement for him); Italy’s Giuseppe Conte; New York’s Andrew Cuomo; Poland’s Andrzej Duda; and the UK’s Boris Johnson (the Tories now have their best support in the … Continue reading

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a Green recovery

Facebook22 Twitter1Total23 “We have a responsibility to recover better” than after the financial crisis in 2008, UN secretary general António Guterres warned. “We have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on … Continue reading

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unveiling CIRCLE’s data tool

Facebook41 Twitter1Total42Although it’s hard to concentrate on politics right now, a massively consequential election is coming up, and today CIRCLE unveils a data tool that can help nonpartisan groups, partisan outfits, campaigns, and the media make smart decisions regarding young … Continue reading

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mobilizing higher education against COVID-19

Facebook61 Twitter1Total62Tufts’ president, Anthony Monaco (an MD/PhD) has an op-ed in the Boston Globe calling on colleges and universities to deploy their resources to fight the public health emergency. He is not only talking about closing our campuses to reduce … Continue reading

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the virus, the election, and democratic theory

Facebook74 Twitter1Total75 [It] seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and … Continue reading

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my thoughts for students as we move online

Facebook60 Twitter1Total61Like many other universities, Tufts has decided to close physically for the semester and switch to online education. I am sure my colleagues across the country are discussing this shift with their students as they meet for the last … Continue reading

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what does a Balinese cockfight have to do with public policy analysis?

Facebook31 Twitter1Total32In a course on policy analysis, we have been investigating these policy questions: Who should decide which kids attend which schools? (E.g., Should parents choose in a marketplace of schools? Should all kids be required to attend the nearest … Continue reading

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the youth vote in Super Tuesday

Facebook74 Twitter2Total76CIRCLE has released detailed information on youth voting in South Carolina and Super Tuesday. I’m seeing a lot of commentary on disappointing youth turnout, some of it leading with Bernie Sanders’ remark, “Have we been as successful as I … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King as a philosopher

Facebook14 Twitter1Total15I am teaching a seminar on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The salient issues include race and racism, peace and violence, the nature of democracy, and the meaning of American history. At the same time, I … Continue reading

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