Join the LSE UPR team! We are now recruiting for positions to be held in 2018/2019; all of which are detailed below. All LSE undergraduate students in either their first or second year of study are welcome to apply to one position. Successful applicants will be mentored into the position by the current team during the Lent Term. The LSE UPR […]
Why are certain groups of people overrepresented in the criminal justice system?
By Eponine Howarth (LSE (BSc Politics and International Relations)
Criminal statistics usually categorise social groups according to religion, race, gender and class. But, why are certain groups of people systematically overrepresented in the criminal justice system? We do not assume the existence of a single criminal justice system or definition […]
Karina Moxon (Copy Editor) on behalf of the UPR Team
The LSE Undergraduate Political Review is proud to present its inaugural journal of undergraduate research. Covering themes including Brexit, populism and nationalism, the five articles explore leading topical issues of the present day, which we believe are of interest to the wider academic and student body.
On behalf of the UPR, I would like […]
Hannah Bailey UPR Editor-in-Chief
Years before most students enter the LSE they know that it produces good quality research. Indeed, LSE academics pride themselves on their world leading research. Nobel Prize winners like Oliver Hart, Christopher Pissarides, George Akerlof and others have led the world in their ground breaking research. Other LSE academics have influenced government policy directly (such as Nicholas […]
By Philipp Ershov
(BSc Government and Economics)
It is easy to forget that the social sciences as we know them now are a relatively modern phenomenon. Economics was, even in the time of the father of modern ‘textbook’ economics Alfred Marshall, still called ‘political economy’. Political science, prior to its inclusion in the name of the London School of Economics and Political […]
By Felix Farley (LSE BSc Government)
The subject of this essay is a hitherto hypothetical entity, although one that leading computer scientists predict will emerge this century, namely: human-level artificial general intelligence (hereafter AGI). This essay will explore the ethical standing of AGI to provide a precedent for the legal structures that will be necessitated upon its invention. I will begin […]
Conference managers Karina Moxon, Trishna Kurian and Naomi Potter reflect on the second annual research conference held by the LSE Undergraduate Political Review.
On Thursday 9 November around seventy students attended the 2017 UPR Research Conference in the LSE LIFE Centre. Through the course of the evening attendees heard presentations on four excellent pieces of dissertation research covering a diverse range […]
By Deeksha Malik
National Law Institute University, India
The horrifying Texas church mass shooting has rekindled the debate over gun control. It goes without saying that America has failed to resolve the issue; the events in Orlando, Charleston, Las Vegas and Texas all represent a missed opportunity to tighten gun control. In the developed world, this is regarded as a problem […]
Argumentative characteristics of the official Brexit campaigns
On 23 June 2016, the Brexit Remain campaigners failed to persuade sufficient voters to remain in the EU. Accusations have been made that their message (often dubbed “Project Fear” and described as “remoaners”) projected a more negative image to the electorate than the Leave campaign. What is the evidence for this? Did […]
In July this year, three Colombians were hailed as having the first legal union between three men in the world (Taylor-Coleman, 2017). The three men signed a special legal contract which formalised their union, but it is not a full marriage certificate as it is illegal to marry more than one person in Colombia. Yet, some people are […]