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New issue of Symposium magazine

“Where academia meets public life”:

The Changing Face of Violence
Joel F. Harrington
A debate has kicked off among scholars on whether we have become inherently more peaceful. A more important question is whether we actually understand the many forms violence takes.

The Professor as Digital Native
Interview with Mary Beard

Why Central Bank Transparency May Be Overrated
Brigitte Granville
Be it ever so brilliant, communication in monetary policy is no panacea in today’s world of slow growth, high debt, and fiscal policy uncertainty.

When Does Digital Activism Pack a Punch?
Philip N. Howard
A new project is collecting data to offer insights from digital campaigns around the world.

Being ‘Different’ in a World of High Achievers
Allison Stevens
A Columbia professor writes about the challenges of raising a Down syndrome child – and the mixed reactions among her colleagues.

A Grand Illusion
Euny Hong
How the top French schools remain incubators for the elites despite the nation’s ostensibly egalitarian politics.

Merkel’s Victory, Or How All Politics Is Local
Kai Arzheimer
An unspoken consensus across Europe to avoid upsetting anything ahead of the German election did just that: Europe hardly featured in the campaign.

Why U.S. Financial Hegemony Will Endure
Sarah Bauerle Danzman and W. Kindred Winecoff
The United States not only continues to dominate global finance but has become even more central since the 2008 crisis. How did this happen?

Lots of political science here.

One Comment

  1. Martyn says:

    I highly recommend Peter Gumbel’s book “France’s Got Talent” (referred to in the article “A Grand Illusion”). The French version (“Elite Academy”) is written in quite formal language so may not be too accessible, but it is also available in English as an e-book. It interleaves his journalistic investigation into “the woeful consequences of French elitism” with the more personal story of Richard Descoings, the man who tried to reform Sciences Po.