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    Corporations can’t afford to stop donations to candidates, even those who still support Trump.

Corporations can’t afford to stop donations to candidates, even those who still support Trump.

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After the January 6, 2021 US Capitol insurrection, many companies stopped their donations to candidates who supported President Trump and other enablers of the attack. Melissa M. Smith writes that the need for effective lobbying by these companies means that these donations were only paused. As we head into a midterm election year, and with campaign finance reform still […]

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    Book Review: Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites by Monika Krause

Book Review: Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites by Monika Krause

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In Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites, Monika Krause explores how scholars select research objects and the consequences of these processes, focusing particularly on the social sciences. This highly instructive book will encourage readers to reflect on collective research patterns and their role in the collective production of knowledge, writes Vera Linke. 

Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites. […]

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    Three debates are now unfolding over what kind of democracy America is.

Three debates are now unfolding over what kind of democracy America is.

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Following the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021, US Capitol insurrection, Professor Peter Trubowitz looks at the state of American democracy. He writes that three intersecting debates about US democracy are now developing: over the US social contract, who will govern America and how, and over US global leadership.

As last week’s many reflections on the January 6 attack […]

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    Senate opposition means Democrats will struggle to pass voting rights bills.

Senate opposition means Democrats will struggle to pass voting rights bills.

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Democrats have begun 2022 with a renewed effort to pass voting rights legislation. And while President Joe Biden and senior Senate Democrats have been pushing for two key voting rights bills and changes to Senate rules to enable them to pass, they continue to be blocked by Republicans. Julie Norman discusses the context and content of the bills, the […]

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    One year on, the extremist beliefs which led to the 6 January US Capitol insurrection remain.

One year on, the extremist beliefs which led to the 6 January US Capitol insurrection remain.

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Today marks one year since the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the consequences of one of the most momentous days in American politics in the last generation. 
Broadly speaking, how has America changed since January 6th, 2021?
If anything, I’d argue that polarization has worsened in America and that the threat of […]

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    Book Review: Resisting Dialogue: Modern Fiction and the Future of Dissent by Juan Meneses

Book Review: Resisting Dialogue: Modern Fiction and the Future of Dissent by Juan Meneses

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In Resisting Dialogue: Modern Fiction and the Future of Dissent, Juan Meneses questions the assumption that dialogue is an inherent good, exploring how it can be deliberately used as a depoliticising force to eliminate dissent. Weaving together political theory and literary studies in order to propose a vision of dialogue that retains its subversive and radical potential, this bold and unconventional […]

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    Book Review: How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance by Paul Mason

Book Review: How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance by Paul Mason

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In How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance, Paul Mason warns readers of the fascist danger that lies ahead and provides a practical guide on how to fight back. Connecting the historical emergence of fascism to today’s conditions, this book is a timely call to consider the emerging threat of a new fascism and offers guidance on how to stop its […]

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    Zuckerverse: why we should vote with our feet and stay away from Facebook

Zuckerverse: why we should vote with our feet and stay away from Facebook

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Facebook’s rebrand to ‘Meta’ is an attempt to draw eyes away from the trail of scandal left in its wake. The company has a lot of explaining to do. Until then, Sid Mohasseb advises users to stay away from the platform. He says there’s no reason to expect that the company’s business model will change: 97% of its revenue comes […]

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    Biden’s Putin call is only one part of his big week for democracy

Biden’s Putin call is only one part of his big week for democracy

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This week President Biden is taking steps to promote democracy abroad, culminating in a two-day global virtual Summit for Democracy. In an overview of Biden’s democracy week, from a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, a US government boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics and the summit itself, Julie Norman comments that Biden’s foreign policy activities in […]

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    Book Review: The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic by Paolo Gerbaudo

Book Review: The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic by Paolo Gerbaudo

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In The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic, Paolo Gerbaudo explores how the crises of populism and the COVID-19 pandemic are giving rise to a ‘great recoil’ from neoliberal globalisation, leading to the return of the state and notions of sovereignty, protection and control. While Gerbaudo outlines how the left can seize this moment to build a society of […]

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