The Diamond Economy

I’m a fancy grad student now. That means that I spend all of my free time drawing indifference curves, calculating z-scores, and using words like “problematic,” “hegemony,” and “navigate.” It also means that I don’t have as much time to write blog posts (sorry, world). The good news about being a grad student, however, is…

Development Politics in Ghana (Part 2)

After an extra day of voting due to long lines and technological failures and pending the results of an NPP court challenge, the NDC has come out on top in Ghana’s 2012 parliamentary and presidential election. This continues the electoral pattern that has emerged here since the 1992 conclusion of military rule in which one…

Development Politcs In Ghana (Part 1)

The bulk of Ghana’s electricity is generated by the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam on the Volta River. This means that as the Volta’s water levels rise or fall, so to does the availability of electricity throughout the country. Generally speaking, there isn’t enough electricity to go around.

Mitt Romney, Obama, and Money in Presidential Campaigns

Mitt Romney has been under some intense scrutiny lately as a result of recent revelations about his role in outsourcing American jobs and his personal offshore bank accounts. As a more detailed image of Romney’s financial track record has emerged it has become increasingly clear (as if it wasn’t clear already) that Romney is a…

Education and the Economy (Part 2)

“Under corporate capitalism, the objectives of liberal educational reform are contradictory: It is precisely because of its role as producer of an alienated and stratified labor force that the educational system has developed its repressive and unequal structure. In the history of U.S. education, it is the integrative function which has dominated the purpose of…

Education and the Economy (Part 1)

A recent Associated Press analysis of government data revealed that about half of young college grads are unemployed or underemployed. According to AP, “about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed.” As disheartening as these numbers are, they’re not that surprising. The recession…