Joel Suss

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    British Politicast episode 3: John Hills on the welfare myth of ‘strivers’ versus ‘skivers’

British Politicast episode 3: John Hills on the welfare myth of ‘strivers’ versus ‘skivers’

In this episode of the LSE’s British Politicast, Joel Suss talks to John Hills about his new book, Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us. With two-thirds of all UK public spending going towards welfare, how the money is spent is an important political debate. The myth that dominates this debate, and to some extent […]

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    Neil Davidson on the Radical Independence Campaign: “The basic programme is to roll back neoliberalism”

Neil Davidson on the Radical Independence Campaign: “The basic programme is to roll back neoliberalism”

The ‘Yes’ campaign comprises many different groups beyond the Scottish National Party (SNP). Neil Davidson is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow and a campaigner for the Radical Independence Campaign (@Radical_Indy). In this piece he chats with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, about the radical case for Scottish independence, the promises made by Westminster for more devolution, and the […]

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    Five minutes with Paul Dolan: “Happiness is experiences of pleasure and purpose over time”

Five minutes with Paul Dolan: “Happiness is experiences of pleasure and purpose over time”

How can we be happier? What is happiness? These questions are often asked yet seldomly answered in a satisfactory manner. In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Paul Dolan explores these questions and discusses his new book, Happiness by Design. Released yesterday, the book is a culmination of years of research into […]

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    Five minutes with Saskia Sassen: “A good bit of the economic numbers rests on a sort of economic cleansing”

Five minutes with Saskia Sassen: “A good bit of the economic numbers rests on a sort of economic cleansing”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Saskia Sassen discusses the UK’s economic ‘recovery’ and her new book, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. You can watch the video or listen to the podcast of her recent public lecture at the LSE here.

In the UK many are cheering a return to growth […]

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    Five minutes with Richard Layard: “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”

Five minutes with Richard Layard: “Mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in our society”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Richard Layard discusses the importance of combating mental illness and his new book, Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, which he co-authored with David Clark. Both authors presented the findings and arguments of their new book at a public event at the LSE with Andrew Marr.

In Thrive you […]

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    Five minutes with Ha-Joon Chang: “Members of the general public have a duty to educate themselves in economics”

Five minutes with Ha-Joon Chang: “Members of the general public have a duty to educate themselves in economics”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Ha-Joon Chang discusses his new book, Economics: The User’s Guide, and the need for a pluralist approach to economics. He recently gave a public lecture at the LSE, the video of which can be seen here. 

In a recent article, you wrote: “the economy is too important […]

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    Five minutes with Diane Coyle: “The BBC needs to stay independent and accountable to the people who pay for it”

Five minutes with Diane Coyle: “The BBC needs to stay independent and accountable to the people who pay for it”

In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, Diane Coyle discusses the future of the BBC and the need for it to truly reflect Britain in all its diversity. She also discusses the impact of technology and globalisation. The transcript of her recent public lecture at the LSE, ‘A 21st Century BBC’, can be downloaded here.

You are […]

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    Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

In an interview with British Politics and Policy at LSE’s editor Joel Suss and EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Amartya Sen discusses Thomas Piketty’s recent work, the consequences of widening inequality, and his views on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP party won the country’s 2014 general election.

Thomas Piketty and other academics have documented the growth in income and wealth inequality […]