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    How the UK’s trade deals will impact healthcare access across Europe

How the UK’s trade deals will impact healthcare access across Europe

How might the negotiations over the future UK-EU relationship affect healthcare access? Drawing on a new research briefing, Matt Wood provides a detailed assessment of the impact UK-EU and UK-US trade agreements may have on healthcare across Europe.

Protecting health and healthcare was one of the key issues during the EU referendum in 2016, and now, with the coronavirus crisis […]

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    Economic inequality generates selective solidarity that penalises immigrants

Economic inequality generates selective solidarity that penalises immigrants

What relationship is there between economic inequality, immigration, and public support for redistributive policies? Presenting findings from a new study, Gabriele Magni writes that economic inequality triggers selective solidarity: when inequality is high, individuals grow more supportive of redistribution – but only if redistribution benefits native citizens.

Economic inequality has reached its highest level in thirty years in advanced industrial […]

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    Book Review: The Anthropology of Epidemics by Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris

Book Review: The Anthropology of Epidemics by Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris

In The Anthropology of Epidemics, editors Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris curate a collection that provides insight into how ethnographic studies of epidemics might challenge the central assumptions of not only anthropology, but social theory writ large. The volume offers a rich exploration into how, and to what end, ethnographic attention to epidemics can extend social theory today, writes Sophia Goodfriend.
The Anthropology of […]

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    The UK labour market and Covid-19: How to measure excess, where to look for it, and what it shows

The UK labour market and Covid-19: How to measure excess, where to look for it, and what it shows

Think the outlook for the UK labour market in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic looks bad? But just how bad? And along which dimensions? Jonathan Wadsworth answers these questions. He concludes that the crisis was marked by higher absences from work as well as a large rise in short-time working and hiring freezes, not by wage cuts and […]

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Who are Vox, and who are their voters?

The populist radical right party Vox has emerged as a major force in Spanish politics, but what characterises the party and its voters? Drawing on a new study, José Rama, Stuart J. Turnbull-Dugarte and Andrés Santana present a comprehensive assessment of the party’s ideological makeup and the key features of its electoral base.

Since the emergence of Vox in the […]

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    Has Covid-19 proved a crisis too far for Europe’s far-right outsiders?

Has Covid-19 proved a crisis too far for Europe’s far-right outsiders?

Populist radical right parties made electoral gains in several countries across Europe following the financial and migration crises. Yet as Georgios Samaras writes, Covid-19 poses an altogether different challenge that Europe’s populist outsiders have so far largely failed to rise to.

In recent years, far-right political parties in Europe have capitalised on crises to build their support bases. Many have made it […]

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    Combating corruption in Ukraine: Are the country’s parliament and anti-corruption agency up to the task?

Combating corruption in Ukraine: Are the country’s parliament and anti-corruption agency up to the task?

Countries in transition increasingly count on anti-corruption commissions and agencies in the fight against corruption. Franklin De Vrieze and Luka Glušac examine the case of Ukraine, assessing the role of the country’s parliament and anti-corruption agency in combating high-profile corruption.

The establishment of an anti-corruption commission or agency (ACA) is often central to a country’s strategy for tackling corruption or […]

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    What does Andrzej Duda’s presidential election victory mean for Polish politics?

What does Andrzej Duda’s presidential election victory mean for Polish politics?

Poland’s ruling party is hoping that its presidential election victory will encourage domestic and international elites to accept it has a clear three-year run controlling all the levers of state power to continue with its radical state reconstruction programme, writes Aleks Szczerbiak. The reelected President also has a huge personal mandate, giving him the potential to carve out a […]

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    Book Review: Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream by Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter

Book Review: Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream by Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter

In Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream, Aurelien Mondon and Aaron Winter challenge the assumption that democracy is necessarily progressive through introducing the notion of ‘reactionary democracy’, showing how narratives that claim that the resurgence of racism, populism and the far right are the result of popular demands obscure the manipulation of the idea of ‘the people’ for reactionary […]

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    Evidence from France: The impact of terrorism on representative democracy

Evidence from France: The impact of terrorism on representative democracy

How do citizens respond to terrorist events? Drawing on a recent study, Steven M. Van Hauwaert and Robert A. Huber find that citizens do not necessarily respond in the way we might expect. Citizens do not increase hostility toward ‘out-groups’ as a direct response to terrorism, rather they increase solidarity within their ‘in-group’ and come together following an exogenous […]

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    Political conflicts in the ECB: How national battles play out behind closed doors

Political conflicts in the ECB: How national battles play out behind closed doors

The European Central Bank has traditionally presented itself as pursuing a ‘consensual’ approach in which members of the Governing Council work together to reach decisions. Yet as Manuela Moschella explains, this does not mean the institution has been free from conflict behind closed doors. Drawing on a new study, she illustrates some of the key factors that drive disagreements […]

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    There is little evidence citizens with populist attitudes are less democratic

There is little evidence citizens with populist attitudes are less democratic

A great deal of research has been conducted on the impact of populist parties on democracy, but do populist voters think differently about democracy than the rest of the electorate? Drawing on recent research, Andrej Zaslove, Bram Geurkink, Kristof Jacobs and Agnes Akkerman explain that individuals with populist attitudes are slightly more in favour of democracy, less likely to […]

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    Looking beyond 5G: Why Europe is far from naïve when it comes to issues of strategic dependence

Looking beyond 5G: Why Europe is far from naïve when it comes to issues of strategic dependence

The United States has advised countries in Europe to avoid using technology provided by the Chinese company Huawei in their 5G networks. Yet so far, these warnings have had a relatively limited impact on European governments. Vasileios Theodosopoulos argues that despite disagreements over 5G, the United States should not overlook the EU’s efforts elsewhere to develop supply chain security […]

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    Book Review: Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War: The Supreme War Council and War Planning, 1917-1918 by Meighen McCrae

Book Review: Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War: The Supreme War Council and War Planning, 1917-1918 by Meighen McCrae

In Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War, Meighen McCrae explores the role of the Supreme War Council as a coalition organ for inter-Allied strategic cooperation between 1917 and 1918. As the book encourages readers to consider the 1914-18 conflict from a global perspective and widens understanding of the coalition strategic planning timeline, this is a welcome addition to the […]

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    How advertising on social media can help boost support for European integration

How advertising on social media can help boost support for European integration

The European Parliament has produced a series of videos to inform European citizens about the benefits of European integration. But do campaigns like this have a real impact on public support? Enrique Hernández and Roberto Pannico present findings from a new study which showed two of the videos to citizens in Spain. They found that participants who watched the […]

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What are the prospects for the European Green Deal?

At the end of 2019, the European Commission announced a ‘Green Deal’ for Europe. Marco Siddi assesses the progress that has been made so far and highlights some of the potential legal, economic and policy challenges the Green Deal will have to overcome to be successful.

While Europe loosens Covid-19-related restrictions, the European Commission has stated that the post-pandemic recovery […]

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Four things to watch ahead of North Macedonia’s elections

North Macedonia will hold parliamentary elections today. Alejandro Esteso Pérez explains that with tense coalition negotiations expected, the country’s progress toward European integration, the ability of the new government to restore trust in public institutions, and the fallout from the Covid-19 outbreak will all be key issues to watch following the vote.

North Macedonia will go to the polls […]

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    Can ‘dodgy data’ explain the UK’s productivity problem?

Can ‘dodgy data’ explain the UK’s productivity problem?

An article in The Economist recently suggested that the UK’s ‘productivity problem’ may be a product of the Office for National Statistics failing to estimate prices in the telecommunications industry accurately. Bob Hancké writes that this is unlikely to explain why UK productivity appears to lag behind countries like France and Germany. If the UK has failed to measure […]

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    What difference do Spitzenkandidaten make for European voters?

What difference do Spitzenkandidaten make for European voters?

The Spitzenkandidaten process, which was first used in the 2014 European Parliament elections, is intended to boost voter awareness and participation. But does it live up to these aims? Drawing on a new study, Katjana Gattermann and Franziska Marquart find evidence that while the Spitzenkandidaten procedure itself might not influence electoral participation, individual candidates can still matter for voters’ […]

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    Book Review: Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research edited by Robert Gibb, Annabel Tremlett and Julien Danero Iglesias

Book Review: Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research edited by Robert Gibb, Annabel Tremlett and Julien Danero Iglesias

In Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research, editors Robert Gibb, Annabel Tremlett and Julien Danero Iglesias bring together contributors to explore issues that researchers may encounter when learning and using another language in ethnographic fieldwork. Providing readers with a set of accessible accounts of language learning and use, the collection aims to demystify language learning in the field and encourage wider debate about […]

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