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    Governments play a key role in our happiness, but how do we get them to care?

Governments play a key role in our happiness, but how do we get them to care?

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Despite the current wave of bad practice in the US and Europe, happiness is worth striving for. We can have decent governance in our time, writes Jeffrey Sachs.

The Global Happiness Council, which I am honoured to direct on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, has just issued the first Global Happiness Policy Report (GHPR) as a companion volume to […]

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    Learning about politics from others gives you less information compared to the news

Learning about politics from others gives you less information compared to the news

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Despite the explosion of news sources now available, many Americans rely on conversations with others to learn about politics. But how does the information communicated by our peers differ from that communicated by the media, and does it matter? In new research, Taylor Carlson finds that information becomes more sparse and more biased in favor of personal preferences as […]

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    Book Review: Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century by Torben Iversen and David Soskice

Book Review: Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century by Torben Iversen and David Soskice

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In Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century,Torben Iversen and David Soskice add to current debates concerning the relationship between democracy and capitalism by arguing that they mutually support each other and enable resilience through turbulence and crisis. This is a welcome contribution to scholarship exploring the ‘crisis of democratic capitalism’, writes M Kerem Coban, and offers a unique […]

Is there success after a career in sport is over?

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What athletes learn, how they perform and what they have to cope with are critical skills in the modern world, write Julia Richardson and Steve McKenna.

As England basks in a glorious summer of cricket and presently, for those interested, look forward to the rugby world cup in Japan, it becomes clear how sport as a form of entertainment and […]

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    Book Review: What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice edited by Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley

Book Review: What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice edited by Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley

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In What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice, Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley offer both a synthesis and critique of the rapidly evolving field of evidence-informed policy and practice. William Solesbury praises the timeliness, breadth and clarity of the collection. 

What Works Now? Evidence-informed Policy and Practice. Annette Boaz, Huw Davies, Alec Fraser and Sandra Nutley (eds). Policy Press. 2019. […]

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    Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

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In Re-Engineering Humanity, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger explore how the rise of new technologies and datafication grounded in machinic rationality risk conditioning humans to become more machinic-like in turn. As the book seeks to consider how the value of the human can be protected from the consequences of data creep, it will prompt readers to look at otherwise taken-for-granted technology […]

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    Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

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In Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities, editors Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont assemble a collection of key contributions to critical conversations and research regarding online activity, activism, archiving, academia, systemic discrimination and interlocking inequalities, writes Francesca Sobande. 

Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities. Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont (eds). University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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    Young people who become involved with political parties keep these ties well into adulthood

Young people who become involved with political parties keep these ties well into adulthood

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Being part of a political party means that someone is very likely to engage in political behavior like voting, protesting, donating to a campaign or writing to a public official. In new research, Laura Wray-Lake looks at how this link has evolved for politically active young people. Through survey research which charts nearly 13,000 young people’s political engagement, she […]

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    Book Review: Community Power and Empowerment by Brian D. Christens

Book Review: Community Power and Empowerment by Brian D. Christens

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In Community Power and Empowerment, Brian D. Christens provides a comprehensive and insightful examination of empowerment and of how best to use social power in order to effectively promote transformative and sustained change for equity and social justice purposes. Students, scholars, community leaders and activists, among others, will benefit from this inspiring and thoughtful work, writes Jennifer Schneider.

Community Power and Empowerment. Brian […]

Book Review: The Psychology of Fashion by Carolyn Mair

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In The Psychology of Fashion, Carolyn Mair brings a psychological approach to understanding current significant issues within fashion studies, including the role of fashion imagery and the rise of sustainable fashion. Showing that fashion is not only inseparable from the body but also highly associated with our mind and behaviour, this book offers a vision of fashion through the […]

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