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    Cognitive Cobblers: The Problems with Economic Models of Elections and How Psychology Can Help  

Cognitive Cobblers: The Problems with Economic Models of Elections and How Psychology Can Help  

William Kavanagh

Have you ever made a mistake? If you answered yes, then like me you’re no doubt aware how common mistakes and their consequences can be. If you said no, well, I want what you’re having before my next exam.

My exam aside though, congratulations! You’re the only person who behaves the way economists model people. In their eyes, people […]

March 17th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments|
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    Is Mill’s principle of Liberty compatible with his Utilitarianism? 

Is Mill’s principle of Liberty compatible with his Utilitarianism? 

Dimitra Prekka

Mill’s highly influential texts have established him as a figure of liberal utilitarianism. He argues for the establishment of individual liberty while promoting the principle of utility as the ‘ultimate appeal on all ethical questions’ (Mill 1993: 79). Scholarly debate has provided a multiplicity of views on whether the principles of liberty and utility are compatible with each […]

March 11th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments|
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    The Need for Absolute Sovereignty: How Peace is Envisaged in Hobbes’ Leviathan

The Need for Absolute Sovereignty: How Peace is Envisaged in Hobbes’ Leviathan

Thomas Walsh

 

Deborah Baumgold (2017, p.215) states that Hobbes’ theory is read ‘for its accounts of human nature and the logic of the social contract rather than its defence of absolute government’. This suggests that his defence of absolutism – defined as ‘unconditional and unified sovereign authority; no collective right of resistance’ (ibid.) – is separated from his explorations of […]

March 3rd, 2022|Articles|0 Comments|

The Ideal State: Zhuangzian and Platonic Perspectives

 

Shunjie Zhao

Zhuangzi and Plato seem to hold radically different views on politics: while Zhuangzi is generally considered to be libertarian or even apolitical, Plato’s ideal state is strictly ruled by educated elites and often criticised as totalitarian. In this essay, I will argue that Zhuangzi would agree with Plato’s idea that the ideal rule is the philosopher’s rule, but […]

February 15th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments|
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    How Mexico and Brazil’s Criminal Organisations Are Profiting from the Pandemic 

How Mexico and Brazil’s Criminal Organisations Are Profiting from the Pandemic 

 Armanya Makkar

 

What happens when the government is incapable of taking care of its citizens during a global health outbreak? Many drug cartels have the answer. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, creating one of the largest global crises in history. In this dire and unprecedented situation, state leaders have had to come together to combat the virus’ severe […]

February 11th, 2022|Articles|0 Comments|
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    Women In Argentina and Mexico Face the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of The Political Spheres That Shape Their Lives 

Women In Argentina and Mexico Face the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of The Political Spheres That Shape Their Lives 

 

Emily Eason and Matthew Vedrin 

 

Governments are acting to advance economies from the hard hit of Covid-19, yet only around 12% of the fiscal and economic measures they have taken are “gender sensitive” and contribute directly to women’s economic security. This article uses indicators of healthcare, home care, and labour market position to argue that the Argentinian government produces more favourable outcomes for […]

February 4th, 2022|Articles|1 Comment|
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    In What Sense Can Archives Be Viewed As Political Institutions?

In What Sense Can Archives Be Viewed As Political Institutions?

Aarti Malhotra

Historical archives have been an integral part of looking back and understanding the political past for centuries, but whether archives have the potential to shape the political present is unclear.

In an increasingly digitised world, it is no understatement that data is the highest-valued currency. If data is power, then archives stand unbowed. Still, a question lingers: are archives only powerful from a purely material approach or do they have considerable political implications as well? This paper […]

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    Rethinking A Sustainable Solution to the Rohingya Crisis: Limitations of the World Bank’s Proposal

Rethinking A Sustainable Solution to the Rohingya Crisis: Limitations of the World Bank’s Proposal

 

Kazi Mohammad Jamshed

Washington-based global lender, the World Bank, through concessional lending arms, has gone to bat for Bangladesh to foster its development initiatives since 1972; committing more than $30 billion by backing priorities in economic, social and infrastructural development. Since 2018, this UN affiliated multilateral body, has committed a total $590 million grant to support Bangladesh to confront the […]

The 2019 UK General Election and the Modern Class Cleavage

Written by: Kieran Hurwood

In the 2019 UK General Election, a seismic shift towards the Conservatives took place. Despite having made strong seat gains in 2017, Labour lost 60 seats (54 to Conservatives), many of which were formerly Labour safe seats along the northern English ‘Red Wall’ (BBC, 2019). Journalists and media commentators have since – in my view – […]

April 29th, 2021|Articles|0 Comments|

ExCo Book Club – Lent 2021 – Edition 2

Welcome to the second edition of the LSEUPR ExCo Book Club: twice a term our five executive committee members 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.

“Anti-System Politics: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Rich Democracies” by Jonathan Hopkin

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