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    Exposure to discussion and disagreement does not discourage women from political participation any more than men.

Exposure to discussion and disagreement does not discourage women from political participation any more than men.

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Scholarly work has found that there is a consistent gap in political campaign activism between men and women. One potential explanation, grounded in social psychology, is that women have greater exposure to disagreement and resource disparities, which makes them less likely to participate politically. In new research, Paul A. Djupe, Scott D. McClurg, and Anand E. Sokhey examine social […]

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    In an age of populism and government failure, elite “policy plutocrats” are playing an increasing role in remaking society.

In an age of populism and government failure, elite “policy plutocrats” are playing an increasing role in remaking society.

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The populist wave that has swept the west – as evidenced by the Trump and Brexit votes – has contributed to a crisis of governance in which voters no longer trust governments and elected officials. While many blame the rise of populism on elites, Kristin A. Goss writes that “policy plutocrats” may be able to do good where governments […]

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    Despite Trump’s adversarial relationship with the media, he needs them, and they need him.

Despite Trump’s adversarial relationship with the media, he needs them, and they need him.

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Since he became President, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the media, calling them “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”. Porismita Borah takes a close look at Trump’s relationship with the media, writing that despite his adversarial stance, he was and has been able to capture the news cycle. With coverage during the campaign amounting to essentially $2 […]

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    Even with the internet, we’re not any closer to everyone speaking the same language

Even with the internet, we’re not any closer to everyone speaking the same language

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Of the world’s 6500 languages, close to 2000 are large enough to be under no threat of extinction, writes David Clingingsmith.

Global economic integration has been enabled by technologies that radically lower the costs of moving goods and of communicating across long distances. The first of these, the railroad and the telegraph, were developed in the early 19th century. Later […]

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    Vintage vinyl can tell us about Cold War tensions and cultural diplomacy

Vintage vinyl can tell us about Cold War tensions and cultural diplomacy

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As we face the potential for a 21st century version of the Cold War, Jonathan Schroeder and Janet Borgerson take a close look at how cultural conflicts from the 20th century version spilled over into American life – specifically into vinyl LPs. They write that such albums featured attractive images of the American lifestyle, subtle elements of the ideological […]

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    Book Review: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

Book Review: Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

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How can we explain the apparent rise in hatred in societies around the world? In Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Pankaj Mishra offers a take on our current predicament by tracing increased disaffection, disappointment and disillusionment back through to the eighteenth century. Packed with references drawn from various disciplines and eras, this is a book whose insights […]

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    Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon

Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon

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What has been the impact of digital technologies on the development of today’s youth? And how has the digital world changed the way we see ourselves and relate to each other? In Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online, blogger, author and digital consultant Emma Gannon shares her experiences of coming of age, living and working in the digital […]

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    If Trump’s ‘America First’ takes hold, expect disruptive innovation

If Trump’s ‘America First’ takes hold, expect disruptive innovation

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Firms will tend to flee upmarket, leaving room for disruption in the lower-end segment, writes Juan Pablo Vazquez Sampere.

Policymaking often creates unintended consequences. But can disruptive innovation actually be spurred by President Donald Trump’s version of protectionism? Using the language of disruptive innovation, we observe that the long-term negative consequences of isolationism are actually an acceleration of US companies […]

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    Donald Trump is fascism-lite. We have the US Supreme Court to thank for it.

Donald Trump is fascism-lite. We have the US Supreme Court to thank for it.

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The 2016 election campaign and the seemingly authoritarian tendencies of President Donald Trump to have led many to raise the specter of the rise of an American form of fascism. Ewan McGaughey argues that Trump is what he terms, “fascism-lite”, and has made what has been generally implicit in Republican and Supreme Court politics up to now – high levels […]

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