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    Book Review: The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food by Vaughn Tan

Book Review: The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food by Vaughn Tan

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In The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food, Vaughn Tan examines ‘the uncertainty mindset’ as a model for understanding how teams use uncertainty to organise for innovation, focusing on the world of high-end cuisine and the organisational design of elite culinary research and development teams. Reflecting on the book during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna Nguyen welcomes this insightful restaurant […]

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    Introducing The Politics of Race in American Film: a new podcast from the LSE US Centre featuring Dr Clive James Nwonka

Introducing The Politics of Race in American Film: a new podcast from the LSE US Centre featuring Dr Clive James Nwonka

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The LSE US Centre is excited to introduce our new podcast series, The Politics of Race in American Film, now available on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify and the LSE Player. Hosted by Dr. Clive James Nwonka, over five episodes this podcast will explore what makes film such a powerful lens for understanding race, politics & society.

In Episode 1, “The […]

Book Review: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

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In Humankind: A Hopeful History, Rutger Bregman takes the reader on a journey that dismantles the assumptions of classic research on human nature that positions humans as self-interested, instead exploring how humans can use our inherently good nature to build a better society. While finding that the book’s aim to tackle the dominant philosophical and scientific views of humankind […]

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    Though conviction is unlikely, Democrats are pursuing the impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable

Though conviction is unlikely, Democrats are pursuing the impeachment trial to hold Trump accountable

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This week has seen the second impeachment trial of former President Trump unfold. Julie Norman looks at how the trial is being run, and the political implications of a likely acquittal. 
How has the trial unfolded? 
The trial began on Tuesday 9 February with a 4-hour debate on the constitutionality of the proceedings, followed by up to 16 hours of arguments from […]

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    Rising polarization may mean that post-inaugural political ‘honeymoons’ for a president are now a thing of the past

Rising polarization may mean that post-inaugural political ‘honeymoons’ for a president are now a thing of the past

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For much of recent US history, the incoming president has received a popularity boost following their inauguration. But, this bump has become smaller and smaller over the last several decades, with President Trump and Biden respectively having the smallest upticks compared to the post WWII average. Shane Markowitz writes that this decline is likely fuelled by rising political polarization […]

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    Book Review: The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-Truth Politics by Philip Seargeant

Book Review: The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-Truth Politics by Philip Seargeant

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In The Art of Political Storytelling: Why Stories Win Votes in Post-Truth Politics, Philip Seargeant makes the case that the basic archetypal structures of narrative are integral to political processes, including the ways that sense is constructed in public debate. Combining a sound and rigorous academic argument with a clear and accessible style, this book is a valuable dissection of current […]

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    What the Capitol insurrection and #GME tell us about the growth of anti-system politics

What the Capitol insurrection and #GME tell us about the growth of anti-system politics

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The past month has seen an armed insurrection at the US Capitol partly organised via the social app Parler, and an attack on hedge funds by individual traders fuelled by the discussion forum website Reddit. Scott Timcke writes that both these events were expressions of anti-system politics – the rejection of how politics and the economy are run in […]

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    Why the Democrats are continuing with Trump’s impeachment, even if conviction now seems unlikely. 

Why the Democrats are continuing with Trump’s impeachment, even if conviction now seems unlikely. 

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This week the House of Representatives officially delivered the article of impeachment to the Senate, accusing former President Donald Trump of inciting insurrection. Julie Norman gives an overview of what will happen next.
When will the trial begin?
The delivery from the House and reading of the impeachment article in the Senate marked the official start of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. But arguments won’t begin until 9 February. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had requested a two-week delay to […]

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    Trump is gone. But to repair US democracy, he needs to be held accountable.

Trump is gone. But to repair US democracy, he needs to be held accountable.

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While Donald Trump’s presidency is now in the rear-view mirror, his legacy of insurrection and the rejection of the rule of law remains. US democracy remains vulnerable writes Effie G. H. Pedaliu, and Trump will need to be made accountable for his actions to deter future anti-democratic insurgents. 

The 2021 US Presidential inauguration contained many amazing firsts. The oldest man […]

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    Book Review: This is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot by Alicia Yin Cheng

Book Review: This is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot by Alicia Yin Cheng

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In This is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot, Alicia Yin Cheng provides a concise yet detailed look at the history of the printed electoral ballot in the United States, locating the printed ballot in the development of voting and enfranchisement and offering dozens of visual examples of past electoral ballots drawn from across US history. This […]

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