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    In Canada, where children attend school may have an effect on their health and the choices that are available to them

In Canada, where children attend school may have an effect on their health and the choices that are available to them

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Many schools in socio-economically disadvantaged communities struggle to provide their students with healthy food environments. In a study analyzing almost 500 children in 246 schools the Canadian province of Quebec, Caroline Fitzpatrick finds that that 10-12 year olds attending the least healthy schools had comparatively higher central body fat than those attending healthier schools, where students had easy access […]

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    White Americans are much more likely to support gun rights than their non-white counterparts, but not because they want arms for self-protection

White Americans are much more likely to support gun rights than their non-white counterparts, but not because they want arms for self-protection

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Does fear of criminal victimization contribute to white Americans’ enthusiastic support for ‘gun rights’? While those in favor of less arms control link gun rights to fear of crime and self-protection, Alexandra Filindra takes a look at the notion that Americans support gun ownership on the grounds of personal protection. Finding that the gun owning population is much whiter […]

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    The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

The public may not be getting the policies they want, but it’s very hard to measure what they do want.

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If democracy is to be representative, then public policies should reflect what the public wants. But how do we determine whether or not this is the case? Christopher Wlezien takes a close look at policy representation, arguing that it can be very hard to assess given that support for and opposition to a specific policy may not reflect what […]

A few changes at the USAPP blog

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Managing Editor of the USAPP blog, Chris Gilson, outlines some changes to the blog that readers will be seeing over the next few months.

This week we’ll be introducing a few changes to the USAPP blog; don’t worry, we’re not going away! I am, however, going on paternity leave, and my US Centre colleague, Sophie Donszelmann will be taking over […]

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