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Records from the refugee crisis: the inconvenient reality

A Review on ‘Lights In The Distance’ by Daniel Trilling

Written by: Leona Klein

‘Lights In The Distance’ is a compelling critique of the EU border system. Yet it comes in a sober shape: as an account of the experiences of Daniel Trilling, a British journalist specialised in migration, human rights, and nationalism. His work from 2018 entwines nine of the […]

Debunking the Neoliberal Globalization Success-story 

Written by: Aya Kamil

In the light of China’s continuing industrialization, economic development and structural change (Hirst 2009), the increasing attention paid to the liberalization and growth in other leading Asian economies such as South Korea and India consolidates the positive narrative of economic globalization. The ‘East Asian Miracle’ should not occult the blatant disparities in global growth and development […]

February 18th, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|

ExCo Book Club – Lent 2021 – Edition 1

Introducing the new LSEUPR ExCo Book Club: twice a term our five executive committee members will recommend a book each for students and UPR followers to read. The books may be fiction or non-fiction, but will always have some value to those interested in politics.

“Doughnut Economics” by Kate Raworth

Recommended by Jintao Zhu, Editor-in-Chief

Although I am an Editor for a […]

February 17th, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Identifying with the European Union and the national state: exploration of the interactions between multiple political identities

Identifying with the European Union and the national state: exploration of the interactions between multiple political identities

Written by: Quido Haskovec

1 Introduction

In the context of the dramatic events of the Brexit vote of 2016 and of the ongoing democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe, many have questioned the future of the project of European integration. The future which might seem particularly unstable due to the disparity between the increase of the political powers of the European Union […]

February 16th, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|

China’s ‘International Schools’: A Complete Eyewash?

Written by: Hanzhi Dai and Boshen Yan

Intensive research has been conducted on the education policy of China, with more scholars concentrating on the discourse of history and patriotism in the public education system. However, the Chinese “international schools”, which are relatively isolated and independent from the public secondary education system, remain unexplored in the academia. Most of these schools […]

The Opioid Crisis and Republican Vote Share

Written by: Florian Sichart, Jacob Chapman, Brooklyn Han, Hasan Younis, Hallamund Meena

Over the past two decades, the U.S. has experienced a spike in overdose deaths involving opioids. Demographically, the communities that have been affected most severely by this crisis are non-Hispanic Whites from the rural working class – the same demographic that propelled Donald Trump’s 2016 bid for the White […]

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    All the King’s Men: Patterns of Authoritarian Consolidation in the Bhumibol Era

All the King’s Men: Patterns of Authoritarian Consolidation in the Bhumibol Era

Written by: Vernon Yian, Nicole Sekhon, Cheryl Lau, Nandita Modhubonti, Aalekh Dhaliwal

In Feb 2020, the Thai pro-reform and anti-military Future Forward Party (FFP) was dissolved in a constitutional court ruling. Widely criticised as a move by the military junta to stymie potential opposition, the interference was predictable given Thailand’s historical alternation between military juntas and civilian governments since the abolition […]

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    Difficult disputes: the struggle of North Macedonia’s accession into the European Union

Difficult disputes: the struggle of North Macedonia’s accession into the European Union

Written by: Pratham Maheshwari

In November 2020, Bulgaria refused to initiate the talks for the accession of the ‘candidate’ North Macedonia into the European Union (EU) due to identity disputes between the two countries. Although the decision was anticipated, it proved to be another barrier to the process of North Macedonia’s accession. Sofia presented a set of demands for Skopje […]

February 6th, 2021|Articles|1 Comment|
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    GV262 Blog Post Winner #3: ‘You’ve Been Hacked: A Marcusian Analysis of Addictive Technologies’

GV262 Blog Post Winner #3: ‘You’ve Been Hacked: A Marcusian Analysis of Addictive Technologies’

Written by: David Abadir

More than just selling you things you don’t need, the latest stage of our consumer capitalism has reached a new frontier by commodifying your most valuable intangibles: your time and attention. Tech companies, particularly those that operate at no monetary cost to the user, have invested heavily in developing a sophisticated arsenal to coerce you to […]

February 5th, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|

GV262 Blog Post Winner #2: ‘Prevent and the Panopticon’

Written by: Anna Kayani

Section 29 of the Counterterrorism and Security Act, enacted in 2015, is known as the ‘Prevent Duty’. This duty is legally incumbent on public sector workers at schools, nurseries, universities and other institutions, who are trained to identify and report signs of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’. To this end, the Prevent strategy has overtly sought to engage […]

February 3rd, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|