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    Repeated exposure to urban violence harms the academic performance of New York City school children

Repeated exposure to urban violence harms the academic performance of New York City school children

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How does exposure to violence in children’s local neighborhoods affect how they perform at school? In new research Agustina Laurito uses student-level data from New York City to investigate how exposure to violence affects students’ test performances. She finds that the students who live in the most violent neighborhoods do become sensitized to violence and that their academic performance […]

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    Book Review: The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh

Book Review: The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh

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In The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, Amitav Ghosh explores the spice nutmeg as a parable for our contemporary climate crisis, showing how human history has always been entangled with earthly materials. Offering a lucid call to action that seeks to inspire a collective response to the crisis, this book is urgent reading, writes Shaan Kashyap.

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    Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden by Michael Cox

Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden by Michael Cox

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Professor Michael Cox discusses his new book, Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden, which explores how five very different American Presidents have addressed US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. In so doing, the book examines the deep sources of American power, the crisis many claim the US is now facing and how […]

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    Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

Imposing high tariffs on imported Russian gas: would it be effective?

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As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues and many call for a strengthening of sanctions, an alternative to a full energy embargo has been discussed in the form of European Union tariffs on imports of Russian gas. The Initiative on Global Markets surveyed US and European economists to express their views on this proposal. Romesh Vaitilingam writes up the results.

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    Long Read: Before and After the Towers: Afghanistan’s Forty-Year Crisis

Long Read: Before and After the Towers: Afghanistan’s Forty-Year Crisis

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A newly published special issue of LSE Public Policy Review aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the deeper reasons for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, covering the whole period from the Soviet invasion of December 1979 through to the final western withdrawal in August 2021. Here Michael Cox introduces the discussions of how the Taliban finally triumphed and […]

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    Pennsylvania’s primary results reflect voters tired of establishment politicians

Pennsylvania’s primary results reflect voters tired of establishment politicians

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Several states across the US held primaries on Tuesday, but perhaps none was more closely watched — or garnered more media attention — than the elections held in Pennsylvania. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift, a native of the Keystone State, explains why Pennsylvania is a bellwether for national politics and why all eyes should be on it to understand […]

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    Responses to COVID-19 in the US build on a 100-year history of state and local public health partnerships

Responses to COVID-19 in the US build on a 100-year history of state and local public health partnerships

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Efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have not just come from the US federal government – state and local governments have played an important role, too, including by collaborating with non-governmental organizations. Matthew Purcell writes that these partnerships are nothing new: like Partners in Health today, organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation aided and managed public health campaigns in […]

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    Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures

Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures

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The COVID-19 pandemic saw the introduction of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus by US state governments, including mask mandates, limits on large gatherings and stay-at-home orders. In new research Richard K. Moule Jr., George W. Burruss, and Chae M. Jaynes look at why members of the public both supported and defied strategies meant to […]

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    Long Read: How the constitution warps American politics and undermines democracy

Long Read: How the constitution warps American politics and undermines democracy

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As one of the US’ founding documents, the constitution is venerated by politicians and members of the public alike. In this Long Read, Hudson Meadwell writes that the growing originalist interpretations of the constitution and the republican form of government it sets out are conservative and may be in fact be incompatible with, or a rival to, the notion […]

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    Book Review: Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries by John Hartley

Book Review: Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries by John Hartley

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In Advanced Introduction to Creative Industries, John Hartley provides a new understanding of the creative industries and how they have evolved, drawing on real-life examples and case studies. In making the creative economy tangible and relatable, this book is a relevant and practical resource for those with an existing interest in the creative industries as well as those who are new […]

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