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    Book Review: The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism by Whitney Chadwick

Book Review: The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism by Whitney Chadwick

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In The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism, Whitney Chadwick explores how a number of women within the Surrealist movement fought to move beyond the confining role of muse to establish themselves as groundbreaking artists in their own right. Covering the lives of figures including Frida Kahlo, Claude Cahun and Valentine Penrose, this immersive and captivating account challenges […]

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    Book Review: Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 by Ian Black

Book Review: Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 by Ian Black

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In Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017, Ian Black offers a new panoramic history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, beginning with the Balfour Declaration in 1917 up until the present day. Linking the impact of political decisions to everyday lives and experiences and drawing on a wide array of voices and perspectives, this is a beautifully […]

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    Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

Connectivity will create a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the global airline industry

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By 2035, airlines will see new revenues from e-commerce, advertising and premium content services in the sky, writes Alexander Grous.

‘Disruption’ is one of the buzzwords that defines our economy at the moment. While much of the focus has been on entrepreneurial start-ups – soliciting early funding for the next ‘the Airbnb of…’ – taking a look at how more […]

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    State of the States for 1 December: Georgia’s voter silencing, the worst Republican governor in America and the California Supreme Court’s ‘preordained’ decision  

State of the States for 1 December: Georgia’s voter silencing, the worst Republican governor in America and the California Supreme Court’s ‘preordained’ decision  

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday in the Granite State NH Labor News reports that state Republicans want to change New Hampshire’s labor laws to reduce what they say are regulatory burdens, such as restrictions on when children can work, and requirements to display wage and discrimination laws.

Meanwhile in Vermont, VTDigger says […]

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    Why it’s unfair to tar all party activists with the same brush of extremism

Why it’s unfair to tar all party activists with the same brush of extremism

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Party activists play an important role in contemporary US politics; they attend rallies, campaign, fundraise, vote, and donate money to candidates. But we should not think of party activists as one homogeneous group of like-minded people with extreme views write Nathaniel Birkhead and Marjorie Randon Hershey. In their analysis of political participation and ideology, they find that different forms of political […]

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    Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

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The online mega-retailer, Amazon.com, has recently been shopping around to find a suitable host for its second headquarters. In response, city and local governments across the US have been falling over themselves to offer economic inducements for the company to choose them. But what determines which governments try to attract firms in this way? In new research Eric Stokan […]

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    Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

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Facing increasing population pressures, many US urban centers are turning to novel methods, such as adaptive re-use, in order to encourage more intense land use. Sébastien Darchen writes that while adaptive re-use is often employed as a regeneration tactic by developers, it can also be a way in which local entrepreneurs can engage in non-traditional place-making. 

As pressure increases for residential […]

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    For many rural participants, Drug Court can be a positive experience, but more treatment options and support are needed.

For many rural participants, Drug Court can be a positive experience, but more treatment options and support are needed.

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Drug Courts are an increasingly popular policy intervention which can divert those convicted of drug-related offenses to treatment services rather than prison. In new research, Susan Witkin and Scott P. Hays spoke to a number of rural-based Drug Court participants about their experiences. While many participants were generally positive about the impact of Drug Court on their lives, they […]

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    In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

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In a time of increasing anxiety about Islam in much of American society, how are universities responding to expressions of faith by their Muslim students? In new research focusing on George Mason University, Anne Daguerre explored issues of faith and national policy within university life. Here, she discusses her findings and reflects on their wider cultural context.

Ethnic diversity has […]

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    Officials can nudge public behavior by showing that they are responding to people’s demands

Officials can nudge public behavior by showing that they are responding to people’s demands

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A key aim of public policymaking is to change public behavior in one way or another. In new research which focuses on voting patterns in Colorado, Andrew Menger and Robert M. Stein tested a number of ways of encouraging people to return their mail-in ballots early. They find that only message which increased early voting was one which explained […]

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