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    Paying the debt to the woman who came before: Rachel Reeves MP on the late Alice Bacon

Paying the debt to the woman who came before: Rachel Reeves MP on the late Alice Bacon

Nora Biette-Timmons reviews our 9 November 2017 event with Rachel Reeves who spoke about the political life of Alice Bacon, the first female MP for Leeds. Listen to the event podcast.

When Rachel Reeves was elected to Parliament for the first time in 2010, she was only the second woman ever to be elected from any of Yorkshire’s eight parliamentary […]

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    Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, and Transnational Solidarity

Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement, and Transnational Solidarity

MSc student Dariha Choudhry reflects on our 7 November 2017 event on Palestinian Rights, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement and Transnational Solidarity. Listen to the event podcast.

The dominant narrative in the Middle East and a few other countries with reference to the Palestinian struggle for their homeland is directed at the colonisation and oppression of the Palestinians by Israel. […]

The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails

MSc student Luis Cornago-Bonal reflects on the Conflict Research Group public event ‘Why International State-Building Fails: A new Interpretation’ where speaker Susan Woodward discussed her new book ‘The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails’. Listen to the podcast.

According to Susan Woodward’s publication, The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails, the term “failed state” makes no sense either […]

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.

Democracy and Its Crisis

MSc student Bhargav Sriganesh reflects on AC Grayling’s public lecture at LSE, which took place on Thursday 5 October 2017 and was titled ‘Democracy and Its Crisis’.

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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, […]

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 […]

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    How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

The UK’s political turmoil has continued with the Conservatives’ disastrous 2017 campaign. But what lead to the multiple miscalculations involved? Patrick Dunleavy argues that it forms part of a wider pattern of mis-governing from the centre of Whitehall that has characterized Theresa May’s leadership style from the outset.

All British Prime Ministers end their careers in failure. Either they are […]

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    ‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

‘Recursive communication’ on mitigating today’s crisis of legitimacy

MSc student Mary Diduch details the gap between constituents and those in elected office outlined by Jane Mansbridge in her ‘Listening to One’s Constituents? Now, There’s an Idea’ Brian Barry memorial lecture, held at LSE on Monday 15 May 2017. Listen to the event podcast.

How should elected representatives best communicate with citizens?

It’s an age-old question, one that extends beyond […]