Legacies of Mass Atrocity and the Rejection of Human Rights

Ivor Sokolić discusses his new book publication ‘International Courts and Mass Atrocity: Narratives of War and Justice in Croatia’ and explores why universal human rights norms struggle to take hold in post-conflict societies.   

Efforts by international organisations to instil universal human rights norms in post-conflict societies often fail because such efforts ignore the localised complexities they operate in. They […]

The Institutions for Democratic Politics

Frank Vibert draws from his new book to outline how our current democratic institutions are increasingly in need of reform in order to address the blind spots and content-lite nature of our current democratic politics.

Those of us who follow politics on a daily basis suffer from information overload, trivia fatigue and ‘sorting failure’ as we try to distinguish between […]

What provoked Trump’s tariffs: politics or economics?

Stephanie Rickard analyses recent tariffs imposed by the US, arguing that they fulfil election promises that helped Donald Trump win votes in 2016 and may pay further dividends in 2020.

June 13th, 2018|Books, Featured, Staff|0 Comments|

The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain

Dariha Choudhry reflects on our event with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who discussed her new book ‘The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain’ at LSE on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Churchill or Britain’s Christian Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Obama or America’s first African origin President Barack Obama, Baroness Warsi or Britain’s first Muslim woman to serve in the British cabinet? […]

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    The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s attack on democracy

The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s attack on democracy

MSc student Michael Valdivieso reflects on the public event ‘The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s attack on democracy’, which took place on Wednesday 24 January at LSE.

It has been a little over a year since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and almost two years since he announced his candidacy for this position. During his campaign he […]

Syria – The Impossible Revolution

MSc Conflict Studies student Barbara Wachter reflects on the Documentary Feature Film “Syria – The Impossible Revolution” by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan, which premiered at the LSE on Wednesday 18 October.

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    The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what is ‘superfluous’ in political life

Political theories have often included frameworks that minimise the importance of some aspects of human flourishing and prioritise others. Rodney Barker takes issue with these distinctions, arguing for the fundamental importance of cultural choices and display in understanding human conduct in his new book titled ‘Cultivating Politics and Public Identity: Why Plumage Matters’.

At the end of the eighteenth century, […]

The Politics of Presence: Do politicians represent us?

Anne Phillips, winner of the 2017 APSA George H. Hallett Award, assesses what progress has been made on equality in politics and how much further we have to go. The award recognises a book, published at least ten years ago, that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. Anne looks at what’s changed since […]

September 6th, 2017|Books, Featured, Staff|0 Comments|

Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How To Fight Back

Hallelujah Lulie reflects on Matthew d’Ancona’s recent public lecture at LSE where he discussed his new book Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How we Fight Back. Listen to the podcast.

How did the anti-establishment and anti-status quo movement end up as anti-truth?

It made it into the mainstream so fast that by the time it was named the Oxford […]

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    Butterfly Politics: changing the law to advance gender equality

Butterfly Politics: changing the law to advance gender equality

MSc student Jodie Levy reviews Professor Catharine A MacKinnon’s new book Butterfly Politics, following an event at LSE on 18 May 2017 hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

The true strength of the law often doesn’t enter our thoughts until we have to report a crime. It’s frequently in unfortunate circumstances that we find ourselves having to […]