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Following the publication of the government’s Transforming public procurement Green Paper, which aims to speed up and simplify procurement processes, Mark Neild, senior lecturer at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, calls for a radical rethink of public service commissioning to reflect the public’s values, not economic value.…Read more

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by Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino  |  1st March 2021

In our second article to mark the special issue of The European Journal of Politics and Gender on new approaches to measuring gender in political science research, Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino outline their research revealing the effect of asking gender-related questions in surveys, and how closely political and gender identity are linked.…Read more

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Thomas Waldman, author of ‘Vicarious Warfare’, reviews the factors that have coalesced to make vicarious warfare so alluring to today’s US leaders, and outlines the devastating consequences both for ordinary civilians abroad and for US citizens themselves. …Read more

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by Stephen Wenham  |  20th January 2021

Stephen Wenham, Publisher for Politics and International Relations at Bristol University Press, recommends books that address some of the international issues that confront the new presidency.…Read more

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by Terri Givens  |  19th January 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast we speak to Terri Givens, author of 'Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides'. At this crucial moment, as Biden and Harris step into power, Terri explains how radical empathy, achieved through connection and vulnerability, is the path to a point of truth and reconciliation.…Read more

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by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more

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Natasha Lindstaedt, author of 'Democratic Decay and Authoritarian Resurgence', explains how Republicans need to more forcefully condemn the violence of the January 6 riots and explain to Trump’s supporters that he lost the election fairly. …Read more

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On the Transforming Society podcast, we speak to our authors about today’s key social issues. We get to grips with the story their research tells and focus on the specific ways in which it could create impact. Listen to the five most popular podcasts from this year’s Transforming Society. …Read more

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by Natasha Lindstaedt  |  18th November 2020

Natasha Lindstaedt, author of 'Democratic Decay and Authoritarian Resurgence', explains why Trump’s refusal to concede is just the latest in his series of tactical moves to shift political culture towards authoritarianism. …Read more

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by Farhang Morady  |  3rd November 2020

Farhang Morady, author of ‘Contemporary Iran: Politics, Economy, Religion’, outlines the cumulative economic effects of sanctions, COVID-19 and government mismanagement on an already shattered economy, but draws hope from the imminent US elections and from regime change in Iran.…Read more