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    Five minutes with Ha-Joon Chang: “Members of the general public have a duty to educate themselves in economics”

Five minutes with Ha-Joon Chang: “Members of the general public have a duty to educate themselves in economics”

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In an interview with Joel Suss, editor of our sister blog, British Politics and Policy at LSE, Ha-Joon Chang discusses his new book, Economics: The User’s Guide, and the need for a pluralist approach to economics. He recently gave a public lecture at the LSE, the video of which can be seen here.

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    Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

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In an interview with the editors of our sister blogs, EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, and British Politics and Policy at LSE, Thomas Piketty discusses the rise in income and wealth inequality outlined in his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and what policies should be adopted to prevent us returning to the kind of extreme levels of inequality experienced in […]

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    Five minutes with Ulrich Beck: “Digital freedom risk is one of the most important risks we face in modern society”

Five minutes with Ulrich Beck: “Digital freedom risk is one of the most important risks we face in modern society”

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In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s disclosures on the surveillance activities conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the issue of privacy and the surveillance of digital communications has become a key topic of concern both at home and abroad. In an interview with, Stuart Brown, the Editor of USAPP’s sister blog, Ulrich Beck discusses his view of digital risk, […]

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    Five minutes with Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: “Hispanic America is resuming its history after what has been an interval of white, Anglo-Saxon supremacy”

Five minutes with Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: “Hispanic America is resuming its history after what has been an interval of white, Anglo-Saxon supremacy”

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Many have credited President Obama’s election 2012 election victory with his capturing of the vast majority of the Hispanic vote. But do America’s changing demographics mark an entirely new trend, or simply the return of its own Spanish history? USApp Editor, Chris Gilson talks to Felipe Fernandez-Armesto about his new book, Our America: A Hispanic history of the United States, […]

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    Five minutes with Thomas Tweed: “We might see a Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist U.S. president before we see an avowed atheist.”

Five minutes with Thomas Tweed: “We might see a Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, or Buddhist U.S. president before we see an avowed atheist.”

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Despite the separation of church and state set out in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, religion has been an important part of politics for much of the country’s history. But are the softening views towards gay marriage and the acceptance of greater religious diversity among political candidates signalling a change in American religious attitudes? USApp Editor, Chris Gilson […]

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    Five minutes with Nikolas Rose: “The brain has become a fascinating object for public debate”

Five minutes with Nikolas Rose: “The brain has become a fascinating object for public debate”

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Nikolas Rose is a Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. In this interview, he discusses his work on the Human Brain Project with USApp’s Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, and talks about its relationship with the US BRAIN initiative, and the interplay between this kind of research and policy. […]

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    Five minutes with Angus Deaton: “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

Five minutes with Angus Deaton: “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

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Angus Deaton is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In this interview, he discusses his new book with Joel Suss, Managing Editor of USApp’s sister blog, British Politics and Policy at LSE. Your new book is titled “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality”. What is the great escape? What are the origins of inequality? The great […]

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    Five minutes with Stefano DellaVigna: “It turns out that voters hate to lie”

Five minutes with Stefano DellaVigna: “It turns out that voters hate to lie”

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As election turnout levels in the U.S. continue to fall, political leaders and academics have become increasingly interested in what motivates people to actually vote. USApp Editor, Chris Gilson talks to Stefano DellaVigna about his recent research that posits that people vote because they might be asked about whether or not they voted. He finds that in general, voters hate […]

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    Five minutes with Robert Skidelsky: “Capitalism is a means to an end, the end being lifting humanity out of poverty in order to enable it to lead the good life”

Five minutes with Robert Skidelsky: “Capitalism is a means to an end, the end being lifting humanity out of poverty in order to enable it to lead the good life”

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Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the UK’s University of Warwick and the biographer of John Maynard Keynes. His new book, co-authored with his son Edward Skidelsky and entitled How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, brought him to the LSE for a public lecture. In this interview, he discusses economic insatiability and ‘the good […]

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    Five minutes with Noam Chomsky – “Europe is pretty much following behind US policy, no matter what that policy is”

Five minutes with Noam Chomsky – “Europe is pretty much following behind US policy, no matter what that policy is”

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Last week the General Assembly of the United Nations voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state. The EU was unable to reach a common position on the issue, with some states voting in favour and others, including Germany and the United Kingdom, abstaining. EUROPP editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson asked Noam Chomsky for his […]

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