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    From Brexit to Trump: Why mobilising anger in a constructive way is now one of the key challenges in modern politics

From Brexit to Trump: Why mobilising anger in a constructive way is now one of the key challenges in modern politics

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has generated an intense political reaction, but arguably just as important is the emotional reaction from supporters on both sides of the debate. Sonja Avlijaš discusses the role that anger has played in the EU referendum and other political issues across the world, such as the presidential campaign of Donald Trump […]

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Does money buy happiness? It depends on the context

Ilka Gleibs explains how the money–happiness link is variable and highly context-dependent. Outlining the results of two studies, she shows that both money (individual income) and community (social capital) can be the basis for individual happiness, and that the relative influence of each factor depends on the context. She argues that strong social relations are much more consistent in providing us […]

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Why are conspiracy theories popular? There’s more to it than paranoia.

Conspiracy theories have long played a part in political debates. Following the recent meeting of the Bilderberg group in Watford, Joseph E. Uscinski assesses why the popularity of conspiracy theories has proven so resilient. He argues that some of the most common explanations, such as the notion that a belief in conspiracy theories reflects psychological defects like paranoia or mental […]

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