On war, crime and regulation

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13 07 2016

Fixing profit shifting to avoid tax

By | 13 July 2016|Categories: Governance, Regulatory Capitalism, Responsive Regulation, Tax, Tax avoidance, Taxation reform|Tags: , , , , |

Around the turn of the century, the Australian Tax Office took some rather effective responsive regulatory initiatives to counter profit shifting by multinational corporations. The measures involved negotiating with major accounting firms and targeted companies who were paying little or no tax to display to them a regulatory pyramid of escalated monitoring and sanctions unless […]

6 07 2016

Northern Ireland: duty of hope

By | 6 July 2016|Categories: Peace, Restorative Community, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice, War|Tags: , , , , , , |

Over nine days in late May-June 2016, Derick Wilson, Kirsty Campbell and John Braithwaite had thirty meetings with diverse public, political, civic and community organisations in Belfast, Dublin, Derry and Ballycastle. These meetings were hosted by two reconciliation charities, the Understanding Conflict Trust and the Corrymeela Community on the theme of ‘The Politics of Hope and […]

29 06 2016

Restorative Justice and Democracy

By | 29 June 2016|Categories: Democracy, Gender, Governance, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , , , , |

I recently published in Raisons Politiques an article entitled: ‘Deliberative Republican Hybridity through Restorative Justice’ (in French and English).

It argues for a hybrid between deliberative democracy and Philip Pettit’s ideal of contestatory democracy in which contestatory democracy is contested by deliberative democracy. Drawing on the experience with democracy of India and other countries, the […]

22 06 2016

David Levi-Faur and “Regulation & Governance”

By | 22 June 2016|Categories: Governance, Regulation, Regulatory Capitalism|Tags: , , , , |

No one has made a larger contribution than David Levi-Faur to networked building of the strength of the regulatory studies community of scholars, especially in Europe and in political science, but much more widely as well.

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David has […]

15 06 2016

Two simple tax reforms

By | 15 June 2016|Categories: Regulation, Tax, Taxation reform|Tags: , |

Most tax reform is complicated to both understand, and to figure out what its real effect would be. Here I advocate two simple reforms that would not necessarily solve any of the major challenges of tax reform, but that would help with its biggest challenges.

One is to dramatically increase taxes on real estate—on both private […]

8 06 2016

Iran: restorative justice and principled engagement

By | 8 June 2016|Categories: Crime, Criminal Law, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice|Tags: , , , , |

For 24 days in May I enjoyed wonderful hospitality in Iran as a guest of Dr Mohammad Farajiha of Tarbiat Modares University. With his inspiring group of graduate students, Dr Farajiha organized a culminating conference in Tehran on Restorative Justice in Iran*, which was attended by visiting scholars from Iraq, the UK, […]

1 06 2016

Motivational interviewing is effective and restorative

By | 1 June 2016|Categories: Restorative Practice|Tags: , |

I orginally wrote this as a guest blog for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, where I discuss the parallels between Motivational Interviewing and restorative practices, and describe a framework for understanding why these approaches work….

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Well done, International Institute for Restorative Practices, for […]

25 05 2016

Why are wars never fought by women as a group to defend women’s rights?

By | 25 May 2016|Categories: Gender, War|Tags: , , , , , |

Wars get fought for many reasons. Some are to grab territory. Others are to kill an enemy before they kill you. Some are for one part of a country to separate from the rest, often because the separatist region feels that it is marginalized and dominated. Others are for a group with a particular political […]

18 05 2016

New research on shame in the Scientific American Mind

By | 18 May 2016|Categories: Crime, Shame|

A society that does not have a capacity to shame the war crimes of its leaders without tearing itself apart as a society will perpetrate many war crimes. A society whose schools cannot shame bullying without renting the social fabric of schools, destroying the lives of bullies and victims alike, will have devastating bullying problems. […]

11 05 2016

Rethinking forgiveness

By | 11 May 2016|Categories: Crime|Tags: , |

Nicola Lacey and Hanna Pickard[1] draw upon the evolutionary psychology literature in a recent paper to find that both vengeance and forgiveness are universal human adaptations that have evolved as alternative responses to exploitation. This is why all cultures have both retributive traditions (that are more concentrated on out-groups such as invaders) and […]