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What can neuroscience teach us about the social world?

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 […]

December 6th, 2017|Articles, Featured|1 Comment|

Mass gun violence and American gun policy

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 […]

November 22nd, 2017|Articles|0 Comments|

Is there evidence of “Project Fear”?

James Sanders

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 […]

November 3rd, 2017|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|

Should polygamy be legalised?

Peter Wilson

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 […]

October 20th, 2017|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Venezuela: the cautionary tale of consumption-based economic policy

Venezuela: the cautionary tale of consumption-based economic policy

Naufal Yudiana

BSc Government and Economics

The rise of populism in many Western democracies has led to calls to rethink economic policy. In the UK, for example, greater market interventionism is now advocated across the political spectrum to address genuine societal woes. Whilst it is tempting to expand public services at times of growth, the case of Venezuela should give cause for […]

October 11th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments|
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    Do people overestimate the likelihood of fatality due to terrorist events?

Do people overestimate the likelihood of fatality due to terrorist events?

Yuchuan Xu (BSc Economics), Anab Khan (BSc Accounting and Finance), Harry Ashcroft (BSc Philosophy and Economics), Qingxuan Pan (BSc Politics and Philosophy), Yunru Liao (BSc Actuarial Science)

 
Heuristics, Uncertainty and Terrorism; Estimations of the Likelihood of Fatality due to Terrorist Events
The terrorism threat level in the United Kingdom is severe. This implies that there is a high likelihood that […]

October 3rd, 2017|Articles, Featured|1 Comment|

Apolitical? A defence of the Bank of England

Reap what you sow: A defence of the Bank of England by Jamie Sanders
In recent months the Bank of England has become somewhat of a political punching bag. Our PM, in the midst of post-referendum bewilderment, emphasized the distributional woes fuelled through unconventional monetary policy. The newly inaugurated leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, proposed his notion for […]

January 16th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments|

What links Kim Kardashian to the Victorians?

 

Politics of Representation: The British Empire’s Photographic Obsession: by Suyin Haynes

“BREAK THE INTERNET KIM KARDASHIAN” was emblazoned in capital white letters across the front of PAPER magazine’s Winter 2014 issue. And break it she arguably did. Fashion photographer Jean-Paul Goude’s images of the reality television star clad (and unclad) in a skin tight black leather dress, pouring champagne into […]

October 26th, 2016|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Is freedom of information a viable research tool? Step three: Responses and Conclusions.

Is freedom of information a viable research tool? Step three: Responses and Conclusions.

Elizabeth Meehan
(Undergraduate at Northwestern University & General Course student, LSE)

Image rights: Lay Sheng Yap
(BSc Government and Economics)

Is freedom of information a viable research tool? Step three: Responses and Conclusions

In the next piece by Elizabeth Meehan- part 3 of her series on Freedom of Information requests in the United Kingdom- a breakthrough is made, but not after some initial disappointments that […]

June 16th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments|

Prickly Power: Liberal Appeal as a Liability

Julia Slupska
(BSc International Relations)
Image rights: Lay Sheng Yap
(BSc Government and Economics)

Prickly Power: Liberal Appeal as a Liability
In a video released this September, Laszlo Toroczkai, the ultranationalist mayor of Ásotthalom and founder of a far-right youth movement in Hungary, published a personal “Message to illegal immigrants from Hungary” on YouTube.

With dramatic music and filming vaguely reminiscent of Putin’s manly photo-ops, he […]