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    Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how other countries are responding to them. Ignoring or playing down the problem is not an option: it represents a […]

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    Glass floors and slow growth: a recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility

Glass floors and slow growth: a recipe for deepening inequality and hampering social mobility

Debates around inequality often focus on upward social mobility. But there is another side to the coin, write Abigail McKnight and Richard V. Reeves. Serious problems are being created by the fact that those from better-off families are protected from downward mobility, combined with slow economic growth and its impact on the creation of well-paid jobs.

Generations of British and […]

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    If we want to improve social mobility, we have to address child poverty

If we want to improve social mobility, we have to address child poverty

Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart discuss evidence from their new report on the effect of financial resources on children’s development. They argue that the high quality evidence from the UK and other OECD and EU countries demonstrates that money in itself matters for children’s development, above and beyond associated factors such as worklessness.

A recent report by the Social Mobility […]

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    Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

The gender divide in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics study is more complicated than most researchers, policy makers, and practitioners previously thought, writes Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster. She explains that young women’s social circumstances play a key role in whether they choose to study STEM at university.

There is a vast amount of research showing that women are less likely to […]

Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype

Is homelessness such a fairly random event that it could happen to anyone, as it is often claimed? Suzanne Fitzpatrick explains why this is not a valid claim, and that repeating it could distract us from focusing on causes that may be identifiable, and possibly preventable.

In a laudable attempt to avoid the ‘othering’ of those suffering acute forms of […]

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    How the government has prioritised administrative convenience over child support

How the government has prioritised administrative convenience over child support

The Child Maintenance Service exists to calculate and ensure payment for those who struggle to receive child support. But despite extensive reforms, the service still allows many parents to pay a fraction of what they can afford, writes Sumi Rabindrakumar. Rather than tackle the system’s long-standing loopholes, policymakers have preferred a system that is cheap and simple to deliver […]

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    The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The DUP’s illiberal views are at the centre of attention. But what about the strategies that underpin political agendas in Northern Ireland? Bernadette C. Hayes and John Nagle examine the attitudes of DUP and Sinn Fein supporters towards same-sex marriage and abortion. They find that the two groups tend to diverge over issues that are subject to ethnonational contestation […]

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    Beyond static snapshots: a new approach to understanding gender’s role in voter perceptions

Beyond static snapshots: a new approach to understanding gender’s role in voter perceptions

To fully understand gender’s role in voter perceptions, we must address a key limitation of previous experimental methodologies, writes Jessica Smith. She explains that studies tend to look at voter perceptions either at the beginning or the end of a race, overlooking a voter’s decision-making process in between. She explains how we can move beyond such static snapshots.

Candidate sex, […]

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