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November 20, 2020

Putinomics and Covid-19 is slowly killing Russia’s economy

Albrecht Rothacher The impact of Covid-19 has laid bare the structural weaknesses of the Russian economy, dependent as it is upon nefarious practices and long-term assumptions about perennial growth in the world market for oil and gas, writes Albrecht Rothacher. And in the face of rising Chinese competition, future prospects are bleak Read more
November 16, 2020

Headline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?

Rachel Gisselquist States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. But if we take into account factors such as favourable climate and the age structure of the population, the Covid-19 impact is, in fact, greater on states with weak institutions, explain Rachel M. Gisselquist and Andrea Vaccaro Read more
November 12, 2020

What social scientists can learn about their fieldwork activities from the Covid-19 pandemic

Matteo Marenco The pandemic has shaken our fieldwork activities to the core, if by fieldwork we mean working ‘in the field’. Even though it can be very demanding, we should adapt – when possible – to the new reality, and learn from it, writes Matteo Marenco Read more
November 9, 2020

Coronavirus fatigue is the biggest threat to Germany’s success story in this pandemic

Jay Krehbiel Changing German attitudes to the coronavirus, as measured in original survey data, are the key to understanding how long the country’s success in tackling the pandemic may last, writes Jay N. Krehbiel, Amanda Driscoll, Michael J. Nelson and Taylor Kinsley Chewning Read more
October 28, 2020

How we can learn from South Korea and Singapore in their responses to Covid-19: the ‘precautionary principle’

Kannen Ramsamy Covid-19 is a crisis caused by scientific and evidential uncertainty. Kannen Ramsamy argues that adopting the so-called ‘precautionary principle’ in developing policy responses is crucial. Countries that have not done so, such as the US and Sweden, are now paying a heavy price Read more
October 26, 2020

Covid-19 in Bangladesh is creating a humanitarian, public health and economic crisis – along with rising tensions between Rohingya refugees and the host community

Faria Ahmed While advanced western states grapple with an unprecedented pandemic, the fate of nations on the periphery is being largely overlooked. In Bangladesh, for example, a pre-existing humanitarian crisis is exacerbated by a public health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19. This is prompting rising challenges for – and tensions between – Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, write Faria Ahmed and Nurul Huda Sakib Read more
October 1, 2020

A cocktail of Brexit and Covid-19 could yet be decisive for the achievement of Scottish independence

Stuart A Brown Scottish independence voters in the 2014 referendum refused to accept the UK government’s position that this was a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity. Six years on and a second referendum is back on the agenda, writes Stuart Brown Read more
September 30, 2020

Covid-19 through the lens of a mafia scholar

Felia Allum Felia Allum draws curious and interesting parallels between Covid-19 and Italian mafias – in the nature of the threats they pose, and the ability of states and societies to confront them Read more

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