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  • 5 Jun 2020
    Philip Seargeant

    The Special Adviser’s Tale, or Political Storytelling in the Time of Covid

    On the afternoon of 23 May, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, tweeted that ‘Dom Cummings followed the guidelines and looked after his family. End of story.’ Despite Dowden’s emphatic assertion, this wasn’t the end of things by any means. The ‘story’ – centring around Cummings’s flouting of the lockdown regulations with his cross-country trip to […]

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  • 27 May 2020
    Gerry Stoker, Will Jennings, Dan Devine, Jen Gaskell

    Two Faces of Trust: Why Trust Matters for COVID-19

    Trust is at the heart of societal and governmental responses to COVID-19, and will inevitably shape and be shaped by those responses. On the one hand, trust is essential for democratic governments needing the consent and support of citizens to cooperate with the substantial restrictions on their social and economic lives. At the same time, […]

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  • 15 May 2020
    Christina Boswell

    Targets, Trust and COVID-19 Testing

    Political scrutiny of the UK’s management of Covid-19 has recently revolved around an ambitious target the government set for itself: the goal of carrying out 100,000 tests per day by the end of April. The debacle around this target exemplifies many of the challenges – and paradoxes – generated by the use of quantitative targets […]

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  • 13 May 2020
    Adam Oliver

    Behavioural Science and the UK’s Initial Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

    In the early stages of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s strategy to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, much was made of, and much criticism was directed at, the advisory input from behavioural scientists. However, less notice was taken of the fact that some of the advice offered by behavioural scientists (or seemingly, just one behavioural scientist – […]

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  • 21 Aug 2018
    Robert W. Heimburger

    What our outrage over child separation tells us

    Hundreds of children still haven’t been reunited with their parents after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of us are outraged. This sense of outrage tells us that something is wrong. And what is wrong is not just the Trump administration’s 2018 policy. It’s a problem with how federal U.S. authority over immigration was […]

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  • 25 Jan 2018
    Joseph A. Seiner

    Workplace Harassment and The Supreme Court

    Joseph A. Seiner, author of The Supreme Court's New Workplace, on the procedural rulings of the highest in the land and how it affects workplace harassment claims in the US.

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  • 21 Jun 2017
    Bert A. Spector

    “Bad Muslims” and Other Manifestations of a Simple Mindset

    In the hours and days following the June 3 rampage on London Bridge and Borough Market – a number of political leaders issued calls for travel bans and internment camps for Muslims. Predictable, maybe, but nonetheless disturbing. Any number of commentators, not to mention federal judges, have suggested the serious shortcomings of such “solutions.”  My […]

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  • 6 Jun 2017
    Bert A. Spector

    Scandals at Uber and Fox show dangers of letting macho cultures run wild

    Bert Spector, author of Discourse on Leadership, examines macho culture and leadership in his recent blog post, originally posted on The Conversation.

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