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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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    Recruiting in a digital age: pitfalls and strategies for automated hiring

Recruiting in a digital age: pitfalls and strategies for automated hiring

Written by: Stephanie Sheir

The proliferation of AI has streamlined decision-making in many industries, but has incurred unique costs, creating new opportunities and risks for businesses. The use of large datasets and algorithms to streamline decision-making in the job market is an exemplar of this phenomenon. These algorithms assist recruiters in sorting through candidate pools and purport to remove human […]

March 26th, 2021|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|

The Evaluation Paradox: how partisan politics hinders policy evaluations, and why we should care

Written by: Joe Sloyan

Introduction

Policy evaluation, in the ex-post understanding, describes the ‘assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of public programs and projects’ (Bovens et al: 2009, p.1). Policy evaluation both academically and in common currency is frequently thought of as a common and, above all, objective enterprise. A rationalistic understanding of policy would have us believe that policies are […]

March 22nd, 2021|Articles|0 Comments|

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 […]

March 8th, 2021|Articles|2 Comments|

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

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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 […]