Featuring Jeff Flake (R-AZ), United States Senator; Dave Brat (R-VA-7), United States Congressman; Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; John C. Goodman, President, Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research; moderated by Peter Russo, Director of Congressional Affairs, Cato Institute.
In Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, Pat Michaels and Chip Knappenberger explain the real science and spin behind the headlines and come to a provocative conclusion: global warming is not hot—it’s lukewarm. Climate change is real, it is partially man-made, but it is clearer than ever that its impact has been exaggerated—with many predictions now being rendered implausible or impossible. This new paperback edition of the book is an expanded edition of last year’s ebook-only edition of Lukewarming, and includes updates in science and policy following the accords reached at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System
Featuring the author David Skarbek, Lecturer, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London; with comments by Philip E. Keefer, Principal Economic Advisor, Institutions for Development, Inter-American Development Bank; and Adam Bates, Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute; moderated by Dalibor Rohac, Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
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Far from being just chaotic bands of thugs, prison gangs are sophisticated organizations, oftentimes with detailed constitutions, which adjudicate disputes, oversee markets within prisons, and facilitate the bargaining between inmates and correctional officers. In his book, David Skarbek uses economics to understand the mechanisms that enable these organizations to operate and their political and cultural dynamics, including the role of secret symbols, tattoos, and violence. Besides a disturbing analysis of the criminal justice system that has given rise to prison gangs as a significant social phenomenon, the book offers insights into the emergence of social organization under adverse conditions, with implications for development economists and practitioners interested in failed states and institutionally weak societies.