“Propaganda is the foundation of liberal democracy”

“Propaganda is the foundation of liberal democracy”

Persuasion of the masses wasn’t born with the Internet, but digital content and social media mark a revolution in the history of propaganda. Far from having disappeared with the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, today it is more present, more efficient, and more of a danger than ever before for democracy. We interviewed David Colon, historian and instructor at Sciences Po, about his book, Propaganda. The Manipulation of the Masses in the Contemporary World (Propagande. La manipulation de masse dans le monde contemporain. Available in French only.)

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Jacques Semelin on his book

Jacques Semelin on his book "The Survival of the Jews in France"

Internationally recognised for his work on genocide and more generally mass violence, Jacques Semelin, Senior Researcher Emeritus at the Centre for International Research (CNRS), has published The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944, (translated by Cynthia Schoch and Nathasha Lehrer, London, Hurst, and New York, Oxford University Press). In his book he shares the results of his pioneering study into how 75% of Jews in France survived despite the Nazi Occupation in the Second World War. 

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Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Green China: A Quixotic Vision

Despite an overarching negativity where China and the environment are concerned, it is set to become the leading power in the green economy. However, it is the political elective which must make the policies to make China’s future green. As a one-party-state there is very little green opposition should environmental reforms not be put into practice.

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Pesticides: What is the Real Cost for Health?

Pesticides: What is the Real Cost for Health?

France is currently one of the leading global users of pesticides in agriculture. Yet, nobody is currently in a position to assess the human health cost of the massive use of pesticides in agriculture. This situation is even more surprising given that the dangers of pesticides have long been studied by the two disciplines that are central to the field of environmental health: toxicology and epidemiology.

Jean-Noël Jouzel, CNRS research fellow at the Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, discusses his findings in his article in Cogito, our research newsletter: Short summary 

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Books: Why the Internet Hasn't Killed Them Off

Books: Why the Internet Hasn't Killed Them Off

By Dominique Boullier, Mariannig Le Béchec and Maxime Crépel. Are the stacks of books in your library still alive? Why keep them if they are not? Why does our attachment to the printed word not waver in the face of its digital counterpart?

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Introducing Sciences Po’s New Researchers

Introducing Sciences Po’s New Researchers

With the arrival of 18 new academics this year, Sciences Po proves its status as a highly attractive global centre for research. As well as contributing to the university’s network and research output, these new additions to the faculty will play a vital role in the education of students, introducing them to the latest developments in the humanities and social sciences. Scroll through to learn more about their research interests and backgrounds or download the pdf (4.84Mb).

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