October 2018
Welcome to LSE Thinks, showcasing the work of LSE experts on some of the most pressing issues facing us today. In this issue we highlight research on people's saving habits, the findings of the first pilot study of fully remote court hearings in England and Wales, and recent articles from blogs Africa at LSE and EUROPP. All this, and more, below... 

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More women in politics linked to significant health improvements. A new study has found greater numbers of women elected to political office is associated with an increase in life expectancies of women and children. 

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Saving habits across the generations

How much you save may be influenced by your grandparents’ place of birth, new research has found. The study, which is the first of its kind to find a link between culture and saving behaviour, used long-term data to explore the saving habits of UK migrants, their children and their grandchildren and found that culture impacts on saving behaviour for up to three generations.  

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Video hearings for tribunal users are clear, easy to navigate and user-friendly 

Court users taking part in the first fully-video hearings, which are hearings where all participants appear virtually via video, found them to be convenient and easy to understand, a pilot study led by academics from LSE has revealed. The pilot is the first time that hearings with all parties attending remotely have been trialled in England and Wales.  
The Ballpark

This episode visits Tennessee to see how healthcare is impacting one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

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Africa at LSE

Women's rights in 'weak' states: the promises and pitfalls of gender advocacy in transition  
Dr Milli Lake, Assistant Professor in LSE's Department of International Relations, explores how and to what extent the spotlight on sexual violence has restructured judicial priorities in eastern DR Congo and South Africa. 

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What is wrong with the Nordic model?
Michael Cottakis, President of the 1989 Generation Initiative at LSE, argues that unless the Swedish government can facilitate better education of foreigners and promote more flexible recruitment policies, the country could soon become an archetypal example of the hollowing out of the much-vaunted Nordic model.

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Hard Truths: an exhibition of prize-winning photography from the New York Times 

Running now to 26 October 2018
This exhibition of prize-winning photography and an accompanying events programme is run in collaboration with the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE. It includes 60 deeply revealing images that capture the immediacy of social and political upheaval taking place in the world today. Pic credit: Newsha Tavakolian, New York Times.

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History, Memory, Politics in Democratising Research: a personal and professional journey

Thursday 18 October, 6.30-8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement Building 
Tomila Lankina discusses how her research into pre-communist Russia helps explain democratic resilience and backsliding in Russia and other contexts. 

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Revolution and Freedom: Nightmarch among India's revolutionary guerrillas 

Thursday 1 November, 6.30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building 

In her latest book, Nightmarch, Alpa Shah explains why some of India’s poor have taken up arms to fight for a fairer society in one of the most intractable and under-reported rebellions. 

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Can we afford our consumer society?

Tuesday 6 November, 6.30-8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building 

Don’t miss your chance to attend a live recording of the LSE IQ podcast during the ESRC Festival of Social Science. 

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Children online
The, 1 October 

Stop worrying about screen time, stop watching the clock, and focus on what your children are doing online, advises Sonia Livingstone. 

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Argentina bailout 

BBC Radio 4, 27 September 
Francisco Panizza discusses the IMF bailout to Argentina.

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Worker shares business groups reject 'draconican' plan 

Financial Times, 25 September
Stephen Machin comments on Shadow Chancellor John McConnell's plans, which are very different to the type of arrangements many companies in the UK have put in place.     

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Syrian masculinity and militarism 

Arab News, 15 September 
Syrian men are just as likely to be victims of abuse, but have nowhere to turn for help, says Rahaf Aldoughli. 

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