The controversy within American political science about DA-RT—an initiative claiming to remedy a deficiency in the accessibility and transparency of data analysis—continues apace. Well over 20 journals have committed themselves to codifying new requirements for article submissions, in a statement now known as JETS (Journal Editors Transparency Statement). A small ...

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A Future for Sociology?

Photo credits: Nicholas Hutchinson

At a programmatic level, sociologists have for long debated questions about the nature and status of their subject. Is sociology a science? If not, should it try to become one? If it should, what kind of science might this be? I have, over the years, joined in such debates myself. ...

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Polish Politics in 2015: All the Power to the Right

Source: Wikipedia

On 25th October 2015, exactly ten years and one month after its first electoral victory, Law and Justice (PiS), Poland’s main opposition party, not only regained power but its electoral committee, composed also of three other minor parties (i.e. United Poland, Poland Together, and the Right-wing of the Republic), obtained an absolute majority of ...

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Religious Threat and the Re-re-thinking of Secularism: Why Citizens Fear Muslim Immigration

Photo credits: Jessica Mulley

With terrorist attacks by Islamist groups, the recent refugee crisis or the continuing rise of rightwing populist parties filling the headlines, it is obvious that political conflict over Muslim immigration has advanced to a central challenge in almost all European democracies. Overcoming this challenge requires, at least in part, that ...

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Naming, Framing and Shaming

Photo credits: Francisco Anzola

The US bombing of a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) this month in Kunduz Afghanistan, which killed 22 people including staff and patients, has variously been described as an ‘unfortunate accident’, ‘collateral damage’, and a ‘war crime’. The labelling of this event can be seen as a function ...

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