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Politics Saving Face

Attack Dogs

In an article in today’s English Guardian entitled Best frenemies, David Runciman explores the disturbing hold of British newspapers over politicians (in particular the Rupert Murdoch-owned papers). Often commented upon, the influence of this section of the press on government and political decision making is viewed by many as a corruptive force, one that appeals […]

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Keeping Score

Happiness and the Politics of Envy

In an article entitled ‘Legislating for happiness’, Randeep Ramesh today argues that any decent public policy on well-being needs to understand that we are ’hardwired for envy’: “People measure their satisfaction by how well they do in relation to others, rather than on absolute levels of income. Success is not enough: we also want to […]