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The very first students arrived at LSE 120 years ago this year, on 10 October 1895. We are celebrating the people, places and sometimes quirky events that make up the story of LSE, from 1895 to 2015. Look out for events, blog posts, publications, video and audio telling you more than you ever thought you could possibly want to know about what has made LSE one of the world’s most influential seats of learning.

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Book Review: Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites by Monika Krause

In Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites, Monika Krause explores how scholars select research objects and the consequences of these processes, focusing particularly on the social sciences. This highly instructive book will encourage readers to reflect on collective research patterns and their role in the collective production of knowledge, writes Vera Linke.  Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites. Monika Krause. University of Chicago Press. 2021. Find this...

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Boris Johnson, Brexit, and the decline of public standards

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced calls for his resignation over the holding of parties at Number 10 Downing Street during lockdown. Andrew Ryder argues the scandal runs much deeper than the work culture at the heart of government or Boris Johnson’s personal failings. It is emblematic of a decline in public standards that has sharply escalated since the Brexit referendum. Public standards or what can be termed the principles of public life are: selflessness, integrity,...

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A world without capitalism?

Is there a viable future without capitalism? Drawing on a new book, Christian W. Chun examines the belief there is no alternative to capitalism and questions whether the capitalist system is really the best we can do. In October 2021, the website Inequality.org posted that since the pandemic began spreading in the United States in March 2020, American billionaires’ wealth had increased by over 70 percent. They are now $2.1 trillion dollars richer, based on Forbes data analysed by...

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Russia can no longer ignore the threat posed by climate change

Climate change is likely to have a profound impact on Russia, with two-thirds of the country’s territory lying in the arctic north, and the Russian economy heavily reliant on exports of fossil fuels. Yet until recently, the issue has received limited attention from Russia’s political leaders. Thane Gustafson explains why despite continued scepticism about global warming, Russia is now waking up to the threat climate change poses to its position in the world. Soviet climate scientists...

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Migration and the ‘dark side’ of globalisation

Globalisation has had a profound impact on migration, with improving connections between states resulting in more people than ever before choosing to live and work in other countries. Yet as Leila Simona Talani explains, this process has been contradictory, with many of the migration crises the world has witnessed in recent decades having their roots in globalisation. Drawing on a new book, she outlines the ‘dark side’ of the relationship between globalisation and international...

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How our neighbourhoods shape our European and national identities

How does the diversity of a neighbourhood affect the political identities of the people who live there? Drawing on new research, Dominik Schraff and Ronja Sczepanski show that those who live in neighbourhoods with a diverse mix of western and non-western immigrants are more likely to have strong European identities.   Neighbourhoods form the social surroundings of our everyday lives. We shop, wait for public transport, and have chats with neighbours and strangers in our residential...

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The European model: A progressive alternative

Over the last fifteen years, the European Union has experienced multiple crises and the first withdrawal of a member state from the Union. But is Europe now destined for terminal decline? Drawing on a new book, Konrad H. Jarausch argues that far from collapsing, Europe has emerged from this period as an attractive alternative for progressive politics. Is Europe on the verge of collapsing? This negative perception of imminent decline informs much media reporting and academic commentary...

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Book Review: Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics by Ihnji Jon

In Cities in the Anthropocene: New Ecology and Urban Politics, Ihnji Jon explores how researchers, city planners and the public can develop a bottom-up approach to environmentalism in urban areas, focusing on the cities of Cape Town, Cleveland, Darwin and Tulsa. This book contributes to establishing a new approach to urban research that understands cities as complex environments and stresses the importance of collaboration with communities, finds Bouchra Tafrata. Cities in the...

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Eight components for ‘open social science’ – An agenda for cultural change

The open science movement has been gathering force in STEM disciplines for many years, and some of its procedural elements have also been adopted by quantitative social scientists. However, little work has yet been done on exploring how more ambitious open science principles might be deployed across both the qualitative and quantitative social science disciplines. Patrick Dunleavy sets out some initial ideas to foster a cultural shift towards open social science, explored in a current...

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Understanding China-EU relations in the context of the Belt and Road initiative

In December, the EU unveiled a new ‘Global Gateway’ project that has been widely viewed as an attempt to challenge the influence of China’s Belt and Road initiative. Catherine Jones assesses what the future might hold for China-EU relations. Changes are coming thick and fast in relations between China, the EU, and EU member states. The presence of China as a significant – but strained – international actor is exacerbating existing fissures in relations among ‘western states’ that will...

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