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    Why our partisan identities mean we are talking past each other

Why our partisan identities mean we are talking past each other

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Deliberation and discussion between people with open minds is the cornerstone of a healthy democratic society. But this ideal seems to be slipping away in the face of increasingly partisan hostility. In new research, Ryan Strickler finds that much of the decline in respect for opposing views is down to people’s identity as members of political groups. Having a […]

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    Ivy Leaguers Rule America. Liberals don’t seem to mind. Conservatives do.

Ivy Leaguers Rule America. Liberals don’t seem to mind. Conservatives do.

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Graduates of Ivy League universities like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton dominate American politics. But how do voters feel about their country being run by those educated at these elite institutions? In new research, Carlos X. Lastra-Anadón and Thomas Gift asked survey respondents to rate hypothetical candidates who were randomly assigned an education at either an Ivy or non-Ivy League […]

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    Book Review: Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Book Review: Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy by Siva Vaidhyanathan

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In Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan explores the paradoxically disconnective and antisocial character of social media, with a particular focus on Facebook.  Commendably accessible, this book will benefit anyone looking to understand the social-mediatised world in which we are deeply immersed, writes Ignas Kalpokas.

Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. Siva Vaidhyanathan. Oxford UP. 2018. […]

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    Book Review: Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World by William Davies

Book Review: Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World by William Davies

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In Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World, William Davies examines how feeling has come to reshape our world today, displacing the role historically afforded to reason and dissolving longstanding distinctions between the mind and body, between war and peace. The book provides a timely diagnosis of the contemporary social and political dominance of feelings over facts, writes Lilly […]

Book Review: How Democracy Ends by David Runciman

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Is democracy in crisis? In How Democracy Ends, David Runciman offers a compelling and convincing account of the state of democracy today, separating clear threats from alarmism in an accessible, well-written and thoughtful book. Sean Kippin recommends this to anyone seeking to understand our current predicament and the future paths for democracy – if any – ahead. 

How Democracy Ends. David Runciman. […]

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    How bureaucracy can help maintain sexism and inequality in the US military

How bureaucracy can help maintain sexism and inequality in the US military

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Five years ago the US military’s long-standing ban on women in ground combat was lifted. But, writes Stephanie Bonnes, the ‘bureaucratic harassment’ of women has meant that many policies that have been rescinded have continued. Using in-depth interviews with US servicewomen, she finds that servicemen are able to manipulate bureaucratic policies to harass and undermine women and their careers, […]

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    Many Democrats think that the 2016 election result was rigged

Many Democrats think that the 2016 election result was rigged

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Previous studies have found that after an election, supporters of the losing candidate tend to be more likely to believe that votes were counted improperly. So how did Donald Trump’s claims that the 2016 election was ‘rigged’ ahead of his own victory influence voters’ perception of the election’s integrity? Using national survey data, Betsy Sinclair, Steven S. Smith and […]

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    Relax, the US Constitution is weathering Donald Trump’s political circus just fine.

Relax, the US Constitution is weathering Donald Trump’s political circus just fine.

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For many, the election and presidency of Donald Trump has marked what they claim is the beginning of the end for American democracy, with much of the blame for the country’s woes also being laid at the feet of the US Constitution. But what if the US constitution is actually working just as it should?  Robert Singh defends the […]

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    Book Review: White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal

Book Review: White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society by Kalwant Bhopal

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In White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society, Kalwant Bhopal draws on statistics and interview-based case studies to explore how Black and Minority Ethnic people in the UK and People of Colour in the US experience othering and encounter white privilege in their everyday lives, focusing particularly on education-to-work trajectories. This is a powerful critique of antidiscrimination policy that will […]

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    Book Review: Living with Hacktivism – From Conflict to Symbiosis by Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

Book Review: Living with Hacktivism – From Conflict to Symbiosis by Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

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Convictions of politically-motivated hackers – so-called ‘hacktivists’ – have hit the headlines in recent years. Living with Hacktivism: From Conflict to Symbiosis offers one of the first legal and regulatory analyses of this evolving phenomena. Author Vasileios Karagiannopoulos attentively guides the reader through the shortcomings of the contemporary legislative cybercrime and cyberterrorism landscape, focusing specifically on the USA and […]

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