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Volume 75, Issue 3


Valuing Medical Innovation

by  Daniel J. Hemel & Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

Scholars and policymakers across the ideological spectrum agree that the U.S. drug pricing system is deeply flawed. Most reform proposals focus on one symptom: high prices for existing drugs. But high prices aren’t all that ails the U.S. drug pricing system: Current law also provides weak incentives for medical innovation across wide areas, including vaccines,…


Reversing Reverse Mainstreaming

by  Yaron Covo

For almost five decades, school districts in the United States have been required by federal law to integrate disabled students into mainstream classrooms. Many educational agencies, however, have also done the opposite: They have included nondisabled students in special education settings. This practice, now known as “reverse mainstreaming,” has historical roots in nineteenth-century educational programs…


Self-Imposed Agency Deadlines

by  Mariah Mastrodimos

Federal agencies impose deadlines on themselves through their rulemaking powers, even though these regulatory deadlines carry costs for the agencies. When an agency misses its own regulatory deadline, citizens may sue the agency to force it to act. This presents two puzzles: Why do agencies self-impose internal deadlines? And why do courts enforce them? This…


The Caregiver Conundrum

by  Grace Rehaut

Today, a woman in the United States who becomes pregnant will gain access to special legal protections at her workplace, including a right to nondiscrimination and non-harassment by her employer. Yet, after giving birth and returning to work, she will watch those legal protections dissipate. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the federal law…

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The Deserving Poor

In The Fight to Save the Town, Michelle Wilde Anderson chronicles the fights to save four places that are usually put on the undeserving, unworthy side of the line. This Book Symposium aims to elaborate on the stories the book tells, with authors Helaine Olen, Julia Mendoza, Sheila Foster, Jessica Andors, and Dan Rivera each reflecting on different towns and individuals featured.

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It’s Hard to Save a Town

Michelle Wilde Anderson’s The Fight to Save the Town offers a compelling portrait of residents of Stockton, California, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Detroit, Michigan, and rural Josephine County, Oregon in their fights against the decline of their hometowns. She focuses her attention on the hardy souls who attempt to push back against ongoing neglect and the people who fight to keep libraries open and teens away from drugs. But we must remember that individual victories—when, that is, they occur—can’t fully compensate for decades of neglect, and that the fight to save a town is often harder than it sounds.

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Writing for Abolitionist Futures

In The Fight to Save the Town, Michelle Wilde Anderson addresses how local governments and nonprofits can create collective ecosystems of care despite decades of “austerity, spatial inequality, and citywide poverty.”  These ecosystems of care are essential not only to building an abolitionist world without police and prisons, but to creating a world with life-affirming social infrastructures that address all systems of inequity.

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Seeing Like a Chocolate City:
Reimagining Detroit’s Future Through Its

In The Fight to Save the Town, Michelle Wilde Anderson captures how the rise and fall of Detroit maps onto so many other important cultural, political, social, and economic moments of the twentieth century. As Anderson rightly notes, many of the ways in which the city’s history is commonly told represent a “white gaze on Detroit.” What this narrative often leaves out is the critical role of the Black middle and professional class in stabilizing or holding up the city during the period often associated with the city’s decline.

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Rethinking Strategy After Dobbs

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the movement for abortion rights and access finds itself in uncharted territory, and the stakes could not be higher. For abortion rights defenders, this new, post-Roe playing field means adapting their strategy and mindset to confront a new environment without a tether to federal constitutional protection. This Essay, published in the immediate aftermath of Dobbs, offers some initial thoughts about what the changed legal landscape means for abortion rights legal advocacy. It offers several suggestions, all of which require a paradigm shift in movement strategy to one that is in some ways modeled after the now-successful movement to overturn Roe

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