Political Economy

At the Weave we believe that politics and economics have always gone hand in hand. Political economy is about structures of power and how these structures shape the conditions within which all of us live our lives. This section of the Weave is devoted to analysis and discussion of current issues that reveal the dynamics of power, from the local to the global and everywhere in between.

Sustainability--The Big Picture

672 One Region Forward

An eclectic mix of educators, legal professionals, and community activists convened today at the Olmstead Center for Sight in downtown Buffalo to attend the first of four sessions in One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School, an educational program designed “to empower citizens to plan for change in their community.” 

Poverty, Parents, and Smoking

659 If you're going to do it, why not step outside?In my neighborhood it’s not uncommon to see drivers smoking cigarettes in their cars with young children in the backseat. According to a recent study, poverty has something to do with it. Whatever the reason, parents really should stop lighting cigarettes in the cars they use to transport their kids.

Fiscal Guillotines

654 The Ken-Ton School District LogoThere’s an eerie cheerfulness in the ways that some journalists report budget cuts. When the blade falls, they don’t bemoan the folks who lose their heads—they cheer the executioner and hoorah as the heads roll.

Poverty Studies

The fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty inspired renewed political debates concerning the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to poverty. Historians have heard the call and begun to (re)examine the history of poverty in America.

Poverty and the Minimum Wage

Will increasing the minimum wage protect workers from poverty? 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Buffalo

622 University at Buffalo (SUNY) is one of many research institutions invested in the digitization of archival records. UB recently published an audio recording of a 1967 speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Buffalo called “The Future of Integration”.

A Twist on Deficit Thinking

End Republicanism Now!

Now that the Republicans have shut down Congress, and a ton of questions about the efficacy of the federal government are swirling about, let me add one that I think has not been asked but needs to be: Does republicanism still work for us (Americans) as a form of government?

Background on Italy's General Elections: What's at stake in Italy?

For those who missed the Italian general elections last month, here is a small summary of the issues at stake which first appeared in Egypt Independent a couple of weeks ago as "An Italian spring? Italy’s 2013 general election."
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As results from Italy’s general elections on 24–25 February began trickling through, it was clear that the country’s scandal-ridden political class had received a wake-up call.

Italy's Delicate Balancing Act: Berlusconi in the Balance, Italy on the block

The recent surprise success of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (Five Star Movement, or M5S) in Italy's recent elections and the heavy losses suffered by both Berlusconi and his centre-left counterparts in the Democratic Party have produced a kind of Mexican standoff in which the stakes are not just who will form the next Italian government, but how the country's politicians will deal with enormous social and economic challenges in an EU country which is truly 'too big to fail'.

…The short version: