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Book Review: The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest

In The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest, Bart Cammaerts examines how protest circulates in society, drawing on an investigation into the UK anti-austerity movement following the 2008 financial crisis. Proposing the ‘circuit of protest’ as a novel theoretical framework, this engaging and informative book offers rich insights into how social movements engage with communication technologies and processes, finds Sabrina Wilkinson.  
The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest. Bart Cammaerts. […]

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    Happiness is more a cause than a consequence of career success

Happiness is more a cause than a consequence of career success

Is happiness a consequence or a cause of career success? Lisa C. Walsh, Julia K. Boehm, and Sonja Lyubomirsky find evidence to the latter. However, they warn that hiring visibly cheerful people or pressuring employees to act happy is not the soultion: employers should instead create environments that authentically increase workers’ happiness.

Across the lifespan, society often pushes a subtle […]

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    Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada

Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada

A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events.

Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the […]

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    Why has the populist radical right outperformed the populist radical left in Europe?

Why has the populist radical right outperformed the populist radical left in Europe?

Valerio Alfonso Bruno and James F. Downes draw on recent election data to show the extent to which the radical right has tended to outperform the radical left since the late-2000s financial crisis. They argue that the radical right has been able to offer a clearer message on key issues such as immigration which has translated into greater […]

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    Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Generation wars over Brexit – and beyond: how young and old are divided over social values

Pippa Norris explains how generation gaps divide the electorate and mainstream parties. She writes that, while the EU referendum is a prime example of how these divisions play out in the UK, the changing nature of electoral cleavages raises important questions about politics and party competition in Western democracies more generally.

The Brexit decision shocked Britain’s image of itself, and […]

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    Distorted perceptions: how Leavers and Remainers view the economy – and with what consequences

Distorted perceptions: how Leavers and Remainers view the economy – and with what consequences

There is a divide between how Remainers and Leavers perceive the UK’s economic performance and other policy developments, explain Miriam Sorace and Sara B. Hobolt. A major consequence of this lack of agreement about basic facts is that reaching a consensus on how to navigate Brexit becomes even more complicated.

On the 23 June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave […]

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    Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Mia Gray and Betsy Donald argue that scholars and policymakers need to explore new regional economic growth models that focus on some of the most important issues of our time, including inequality and climate change.

Our society needs a real conversation about the meaning and nature of economic growth. In a time of populist politics and rising regional discontent, it is […]

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    The economic policies of both Labour and the Conservatives are distressing for British business

The economic policies of both Labour and the Conservatives are distressing for British business

For years, the binary between left and right when it comes to economics meant that the Conservatives were predominantly supported by that sector. This is no longer the case, writes Iain McMenamin, with business now caught in a bind between the left-wing socialist politics of Jeremy Corbyn and the nationalist foreign economic policy of Theresa May.

Politics used to be easy […]