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December 21, 2020

Academic activists want to break out of their ivory towers, but in doing so risk creating a new form of elitism

Francesco Saverio Montesano An increasing number of scholars want to campaign for positive change outside the academic echo chamber, but overlook their own evidence when they refuse to engage with any view not exclusively based on science. Francesco S. Montesano argues that this will only deepen the gap between ‘experts’ and the rest of society Read more
December 21, 2020

Brexit and depression: the politics of mental health

Luca Bernardi Luca Bernardi and Robert Johns explore whether clinical depression may have contributed to Brexit. The striking evidence of depression influencing political attitudes suggests that connections between the two should be more thoroughly explored, especially as they show the potential to breed political alienation Read more
December 18, 2020

Emerging powers want more staff in international organisations. They have a long way to go, unless there is an alternative…

Michal Parízek Secretariats of international organisations have long favoured staff from developed, Western countries. Rising powers are trying to change this, though with mixed success, they are now looking at other ways to achieve their goals, write Michal Parízek and Matthew Stephen Read more
December 17, 2020

Deal or No Deal won’t change Brexit's impact on the long-term EU-UK relationship – which will still have to be forged

Martin Westlake EU-UK free trade talks will open the way for a bigger debate on their long-term relationship, writes Martin Westlake. The EU will have to recognise the UK’s exceptional status and the UK will have to accept it cannot completely escape the pull of the EU’s internal market. What that means is a continued important role for the UK to play in Europe Read more
December 16, 2020

Sweden stands out for its soft approach to the pandemic – but the jury is still out on whether it will work

Oscar Larsson Unlike most other countries, Sweden adopted a ‘soft’ approach to managing the Coronavirus pandemic, flying in the face of ‘securitisation theory’. Oscar Larsson considers whether its approach will succeed Read more
December 15, 2020

How cities and regions are turning immigrants into citizens – whatever central governments may think

Verena Wisthaler Regions and cities worldwide are increasingly engaging in immigrant integration policy making, challenging or complementing central and federal governments’ policies, and turning immigrants into citizens, writes Verena Wisthaler Read more
December 15, 2020

The Constitutional Court struck down the Austrian government’s discriminatory welfare policies against migrants and refugees. But that won't prevent social exclusion

Irene Landini The Austrian government's openly discriminatory policies against migrants have been invalidated by the Constitutional Court and challenged by the European Commission. But, argues Irene Landini, that has not ended ‘welfare chauvinism’ and social exclusion, either in Austria or elsewhere in Europe Read more
December 10, 2020

Is Brexit bringing us closer to a United Ireland?

Jon Tonge It’s popular to speak of Brexit bringing a United Ireland nearer, but the mixed nature of polling evidence, the divisions between nationalists and unionists and the limited mechanisms that can actually produce a referendum suggest that Irish unity may remain distant, writes Jonathan Tonge Read more

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