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Volume 3 • June 2020

The LSE Undergraduate Political Review is proud to present its third journal of undergraduate research, with pieces authored by students from Washington University in St. Louis, Pennsylvania State University, Durham University, Manchester University, and the London School of Economics. Covering themes ranging from voting behaviour, intervention in the Yemen conflict, Russian relations with the European Union and the determinants […]

Essay Competition 2020

Exciting News! Our Annual Essay Competition has returned!

Essay Question 2020:
What is the most important lesson for political leaders to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?

In early 2020, a major outbreak of SARS‑CoV‑2 spread across the globe. Virtually no aspect of human existence was untouched by the pandemic, which disrupted economic systems, tested political ones, and—in many cases—suspended public life altogether. […]

A Beginners Guide to Undergraduate Research

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 […]

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|1 Comment|
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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|3 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|

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 […]

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    The Governance Deficit in Central Asia and the Threat to China’s Central Asian Energy Strategy

The Governance Deficit in Central Asia and the Threat to China’s Central Asian Energy Strategy

Alfred Wong
(BSc International Relations)

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

To view the accompanying blog piece, please click here.
The Governance Deficit in Central Asia and the Threat to China’s Central Asian Energy Strategy
Abstract

Over the past decade, China has invested heavily in Central Asian energy sources and pipelines, on the grounds that an overland energy supply from friendly, stable authoritarian countries […]

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    Can Labour convince the electorate that their New Economics is credible?

Can Labour convince the electorate that their New Economics is credible?

Joshua Manby
(BSc Government and Economics)

Can Labour convince the electorate that their New Economics is credible?
‘John McDonnell MP on Labour’s Economic Policy’ public lecture at the LSE, 16 February 2016.

In Lent Term 2016, Mr John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, discussed Labour’s economic policy as part of the British Government @ LSE public lecture […]

February 29th, 2016|Articles, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Is freedom of information a viable research tool? Step Two: Receiving a Response to a Request

Is freedom of information a viable research tool? Step Two: Receiving a Response to a Request

 

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 Two: Receiving a Response to a Request
This article is the second part in a series reporting on Freedom of Information procedures in the United Kingdom. In the first part, Elizabeth Meehan described how to […]

February 25th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments|