Reading List: 8 Must-Read Books on Religion and the Public Sphere

Reading List: 8 Must-Read Books on Religion and the Public Sphere

Image Credit: Faith (Steff CC2.0) Last month, June 2016, the LSE Religion and the Public Sphere blog launched, exploring the place and role of religion in British public life today. To celebrate the launch, the blog’s Editor Esther Kersley has brought together 8 must-read books on the topic, ranging from philosophical debates on religion, secularism and […]

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Why Boris Johnson must support continued criminal investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Why Boris Johnson must support continued criminal investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria

The recent video showing a young Syrian boy rescued from rubble after airstrikes in Aleppo has again highlighted the scale of violence in the Syrian civil war. Here, Brett Edwards and Mattia Cacciatori outline the current state of affairs regarding chemical weapons attacks in the country, and the best way that UK Foreign Secretary Boris […]

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Evidence from Latin America: How investing in education can decrease social violence

Evidence from Latin America: How investing in education can decrease social violence

Mauricio Rivera and Bárbara Zárate-Tenorio argue that democratic governments have incentives to advance human capital since the youth population is overrepresented in acts of social violence. Drawing on data from eighteen Latin American countries, they show that governments increase spending on education in response to increasing levels of social violence. They also find that political […]

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The UK’s referendum and post-fact politics: How can campaigners be held accountable for their claims?

The UK’s referendum and post-fact politics: How can campaigners be held accountable for their claims?

Both sides of the UK’s EU referendum campaign were criticised for presenting misleading information to the public. Alan Renwick, Matthew Flinders and Will Jennings write that the referendum highlighted the inability of the British political system to enforce standards of factual accuracy in how politicians campaign. They argue that while legal or regulatory changes could alter […]

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How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

How transparency can be improved in the way EU laws are negotiated and agreed

The EU’s legislative process has often been criticised from the perspective that it lacks transparency. Aidan O’Sullivan outlines the findings of a recent inquiry by the European Ombudsman on the transparency of so called ‘Trilogue’ negotiations, where representatives of the European Parliament and national Ministers meet to negotiate and agree on a common final text […]

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The long and winding road to fiscal adjustment: How the IMF judges austerity programmes

The long and winding road to fiscal adjustment: How the IMF judges austerity programmes

IMF judgements on whether government austerity programmes can be successfully implemented are carefully followed by international financial markets. Markus Hinterleitner, Fritz Sager and Eva Thomann analyse the way the organisation has judged the credibility of austerity programmes in 14 European countries. They find that the IMF considers implementation credibility in its evaluations of austerity programs, […]

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Heads or Tails? How leaving the selection of public offices to chance could revitalise democracy

Heads or Tails? How leaving the selection of public offices to chance could revitalise democracy

Representative democracy has come under severe criticism lately, with a number of commentators pointing at the way it restrains public participation. In this blog post, Romance Porrot seeks to explore the way in which sortition – i.e. drawing lots in politics – is increasingly called upon to reshape the political arena and empower ordinary citizens. […]

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Book Review: Sex, Needs and Queer Culture: From Liberation to the Post-Gay by David Alderson

Book Review: Sex, Needs and Queer Culture: From Liberation to the Post-Gay by David Alderson

If corporate backing for Pride events is one example of queer subcultures becoming increasingly commercialised, does this threaten the capacity to resist or might capitalism be progressive for queer subjects? In Sex, Needs and Queer Culture: From Liberation to the Post-Gay, David Alderson draws upon the work of Herbert Marcuse and Raymond Williams to examine processes […]

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A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit disproportionately the least advantaged

A ‘one-language’ EU policy would foster elitism and hit disproportionately the least advantaged

In an increasingly anglo-centric world, is multilingualism still needed in the European Union? The answer is a resounding yes, according to a study by Michele Gazzola. Analysing Eurostat data, he finds that making English the only official language of the EU would exclude approximately four out of five EU citizens from having a deep understanding […]

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The Decline of Policy Mandates in Australia

The Decline of Policy Mandates in Australia

Ruling parties often make reference to having a ‘mandate from the people’ for their actions, but refrain from mentioning this concept while in opposition. Ross Stitt analyses data showing that less and less Australian voters are participating in primary elections. As the primary vote of incoming governments declines, so too does the level of any potential policy […]

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