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    What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

What Happened?: The 2020 election can’t be understood without considering the role of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The 2020 US electoral cycle was truly historic. Along with two presidential candidates at odds with each other over policy, campaign decorum, and their visions for the future, it occurred in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peter Finn, Madison Imiola, and Rob Ledger argue that if these two events are viewed as linked, rather than separate events happening […]

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    Book Review: Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment by Aliya Hamid Rao

Book Review: Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment by Aliya Hamid Rao

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In Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment, Aliya Hamid Rao offers a new addition to sociological research on unemployment, delving into the ways that gender beliefs unequally shape men’s and women’s experiences of job search and unemployment. Sarah Damaske recommends this wonderful and engagingly written book for introducing a much-needed gender and work-family lens to the unemployment literature. 

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    Book Review: A Feminist Reading of Debt by Lucí Cavallero and Verónica Gago

Book Review: A Feminist Reading of Debt by Lucí Cavallero and Verónica Gago

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In A Feminist Reading of Debt, Lucí Cavallero and Verónica Gago offer a feminist understanding of debt that explores its impact on women and the LGBTQ+ community and examines the relationship between debt and social reproduction, set within the context of the Argentinian feminist movement and wider activist resistance in Latin America. This book is of great value to those interested […]

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    Designing a useful textbook for an open access audience – Q and A with Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco, authors of Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide

Designing a useful textbook for an open access audience – Q and A with Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco, authors of Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide

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Textbooks play an important role in defining fields of research and summarising key academic ideas for a wider audience. But how do you do this for an open access audience that is potentially unlimited? We talked to Filipe Campante, Federico Sturzenegger and Andrés Velasco¸ authors of the recently published LSE Press book Advanced Macroeconomics: An Easy Guide, about how […]

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    In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

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Mask mandates are one policy tool state governments have used to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But does the enforcement of these mandates change the way Americans think about them? In new research, Luke Fowler and Jeff Lyons examine the effects of mask mandate enforcement measures, such as fines, on public support in Idaho. They find that Democrats are […]

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    If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

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President Joe Biden came into office with a plan to “Build Back Better” following the COVID-19 pandemic and four years of the Trump presidency. A key part of this agenda is a $3.5 trillion spending plan covering affordable and public housing, infrastructure, childcare, and measures to tackle climate change. Glyn Robbins writes that success for Biden’s spending plan in […]

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    Book Review: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed

Book Review: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed

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In The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia, Madawi Al-Rasheed provides a new account of Saudi Arabia’s recent history, focusing on the duality of reform and repression that has characterised the era of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammed bin Salman. This book is an essential resource for those looking to understand the transformations and contradictions of Saudi […]

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    Book Review: Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro by Richard Lapper

Book Review: Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro by Richard Lapper

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In Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro, Richard Lapper examines the underlying features of Brazilian society and recent socio-economic trends that shaped the 2018 presidential elections and lifted Jair Bolsonaro to power. Mark S. Langevin reviews the book, which provides a compelling, albeit incomplete, explanation of Bolsonaro’s ascent by exploring who exactly he represents.

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The new global tax deal arrives (but expect bumps ahead)

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Nearly 140 countries have agreed to a new global tax deal, which was years in the making. Estonia, Hungary and Ireland, the last holdouts, joined the agreement at the last moment, after getting some concessions.  The redesign calls for a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent and for multinational giants to pay their “fair share” of […]

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    How a patchwork of state taxes contributes to menstrual inequity in the US

How a patchwork of state taxes contributes to menstrual inequity in the US

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Federalism in the United States means that many policies are the responsibility of individual states rather than, or in addition to, the federal government. Shyam K. Sriram, Stacy Cavanaugh, Annie Faulkner, and Mackenzie Winchester-Daniel take a close look at state tax policies on menstrual products, finding that 26 states still impose such taxes, though many have tried and failed […]

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