Books by Cato scholars have received praise in end-of-the-year roundups by leading periodicals. Former congressman James Bacchus, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, was included in the Financial Times list of “Best Books of 2018” in the category of economics for his recent release The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity. Another Cato adjunct scholar, Timothy Sandefur, was noted in the Wall Street Journal’s “Who Read What in 2018” for his biography Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, released last year to coincide with the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth. Sandefur’s book was selected for inclusion by the noted Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo.
CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION RELIES ON CATO RESEARCH
In November, the United States Commission on Civil Rights released a landmark report, Police Use of Force: An Examination of Modern Policing Practices. The report repeatedly cites both the testimony and the research of Cato’s Jonathan Blanks on issues such as the need for better data on police use of force and the ways in which excessive use of force hinders community relations. In addition, the commission cited and expressed agreement with the concerns raised by Cato’s Clark Neily, vice president for criminal justice, on the need to roll back the doctrine of qualified immunity, which shields police from civil liability for violations of constitutional rights.