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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The European Union: A Democratic Institution?

Categories: Democracy/Peace,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP14-25.pdf

Acknowledges the “democratic deficit” of the European Union institutions and considers the causes.  Also reviews possible remedies for the deficit, including those proposed by the British government.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/25

 

2014 Special 301 Report

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,indonesia,Property Rights,Treaties,Turkey

http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR%202014%20Special%20301%20Report%20to%20Congress%20FINAL.pdf

Annual report on the importance of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Places10 nations on the Priority Watch List and 27 others on the Watch List.  Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey have been listed every year since the reports began 25 years ago.  From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Survey of Doctorate Recipients: Survey Year 2010

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/doctoratework/2010/

More than 80 data tables with information about doctorate recipients in STEM, psychology, and other social sciences fields,  including demographic characteristics, employment status, median annual salaries and occupational field.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

The Effects of Alternative Demographic and Economic Assumptions on MINT Simulations: A Sensitivity Analysis

Categories: Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2014-03.html

Describes differing scenarios and the implications for Social Security funding under a microsimulation model named Modeling Income in the Near Term (MINT).  The model is designed to estimate the retirement income and mortality record of the baby boom generation.  From the Social Security Administration

 

New Technologies in Constitution Making

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR343_New-Technologies-for-Constitution-Making.pdf

Describes how new technologies can help broaden access to the process of drafting a constitution in developing countries. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Global Change.gov

Categories: Climate Change,Environment

http://www.globalchange.gov/

Newly created site for the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  Location for the U.S. National Climate Assessments.   From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811884.pdf

Offers statistics about driver use of cell phones and texting by such characteristics as driver age, gender, and race; driving conditions; types of vehicles, region of country, and time of day.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration