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    Book Review: How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate by Isabella M. Weber

Book Review: How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate by Isabella M. Weber

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In How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate, Isabella M. Weber explores the contestations behind China’s path to economic reform, showing how it committed to ‘experimental gradualism’ rather than the shock therapy of immediate market liberalisation. This meticulous and wide-reaching book sheds light on the history of marketisation reforms in China and the factors that led it to […]

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    Book Review: A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence by John Zerilli, John Danaher, James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, Joy Liddicoat and Merel Noorman

Book Review: A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence by John Zerilli, John Danaher, James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, Joy Liddicoat and Merel Noorman

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In A Citizen’s Guide to Artificial Intelligence, John Zerilli, John Danaher, James Maclaurin, Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, Joy Liddicoat and Merel Noorman offer an overview of the moral, political, legal and economic implications of artificial intelligence (AI). Exemplary in the clarity of its explanations, the book provides an excellent foundation for considering the issues raised by the integration of AI into […]

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    Why the conservative case against stakeholder capitalism is faulty

Why the conservative case against stakeholder capitalism is faulty

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There is a groundswell of support for stakeholder capitalism among corporations. But with the movement’s success comes a backlash from conservative voices. Peter Vanham focuses on one such voice, expressed in the book Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam, by Vivek Ramswamy, who decries America’s turn to stakeholder capitalism. According to Vanham, Ramswamy loses the plot in […]

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    Lack of trust in institutions may be more important than religion in driving poor political knowledge among American voters.

Lack of trust in institutions may be more important than religion in driving poor political knowledge among American voters.

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Many commentators are concerned about the apparent lack of political knowledge and civic awareness among American voters. Ben Gaskins looks at some of the drivers of civic awareness, including the influence of religious identity, beliefs, and institutions. He writes that political knowledge is not just about exposure to facts but also people’s willingness to trust their sources. Highly religious […]

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    In Canada’s snap election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals were both victims and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 crisis

In Canada’s snap election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals were both victims and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 crisis

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Last month, Canada held its second election in less than two years as Liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau sought a new mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Trudeau’s gamble that Canadians would reward his party for its handling of the pandemic did not pay off, and he now still leads a minority government. Using new survey data, Harold Clarke, […]

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    Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

Partisan politics over the government debt ceiling has put the US on the verge of economic disaster.

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With no agreement yet reached by Congress over raising the US government’s borrowing limit, the country will effectively run out of money to pay its debts on October 18th. Michele Swers gives an overview of the lead-up in Congress to the current impasse over the debt ceiling, and how partisans are grasping at procedural tools such as reconciliation, invoking […]

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    Book Review: Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms by Angèle Christin

Book Review: Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms by Angèle Christin

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In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms, Angèle Christin explores how the introduction of metrics and algorithms has affected journalists’ work practices and professional identities. Showing how metrics can work to exacerbate existing divergences and gaps between and within organisations, this book will appeal to those interested in social studies of technology, the sociology of work and critical […]

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    Book Review: The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History by Laura A. Belmonte

Book Review: The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History by Laura A. Belmonte

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In The International LGBT Rights Movement: A History, Laura A. Belmonte describes the twists and turns that have characterised the history of the international LGBT rights movement, focusing primarily on activism and mobilisations in North America and Europe. The book’s key message is that while efforts to achieve equal rights for LGBT people persist, there remains a long road […]

Gendered laws curb Olympic success

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Legal gender equality is key for female participation in the labour market. The association between women’s legal empowerment and success in sports is another manifestation of that. Using the Women Business and the Law (WBL) index, Simeon Djankov and Eva Yiwen Zhang construct a simple measure of Olympic success for female athletes: the number of medals per one million female population. […]

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    Voters prefer candidates who send their children to public over private school

Voters prefer candidates who send their children to public over private school

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From presidential races to local elections, decisions about where politicians send their children to school can attract public attention. But do these choices actually impact how voters cast their ballots? In new research, Leslie K. Finger, Thomas Gift, and Andrew Miner use an original survey experiment to examine how voters view politicians who send their children to public versus […]

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