Tackling Inequality in Education

Tackling Inequality in Education

A team of researchers at Sciences Po sheds light on the potential that childhood academic intervention has to pre-emptively reduce social inequalities. Article by Carlo Barone, Full Professor, Sciences Po; Denis Fougère & Agnès van Zanten, Research Directors, Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (CNRS), Sciences Po.

This article was originally published in the 2019 G7 Global Leaders Report.

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The "gilets jaunes" movement is not a Facebook revolution

In less than a month, France’s gilets jaunes (yellow vests) have gone from being a celebrated example of Facebook’s ability to power a spontaneous revolution to a cautionary tale of how social networks can be manipulated by outsiders to provoke outrage and sow dissension. But in both of these extreme scenarios, the central actors lie outside France, whether it’s the platforms based in Silicon Valley or the suspected propagandists in Russia.

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Gene-edited babies: China wants to be the world leader, but at what cost?

Gene-edited babies: China wants to be the world leader, but at what cost?

Recent claims of the world’s first gene-edited babies have sparked a strong response, to say the least. In particular, the Southern University of Science and Technology, which employs the researcher involved, He Jiankui, stated in a press release that they were not aware of his work, that it took place off campus, and that it was a case of potential scientific misconduct that would not go unaddressed.

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In the US, environmental activists are organising their resistance

In the US, environmental activists are organising their resistance

While environmental issues weren’t at the core of the campaign for the U.S. midterm elections, Donald Trump’s climate-change denialism and full assault on the regulations put in place under Barack Obama have generated a broad and often effective response. Transformed into a referendum on Trump and his presidency, the midterm campaign was dominated by issues that amplified the ideological divide and fuelled the President’s demagoguery.

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How "sanctuary cities" in the US stand up to Federal immigration enforcement

Targeted during President Trump’s presidential campaign and directly threatened in his ensuing executive order in January 2017, the topic of sanctuary cities has resurfaced to the forefront of political debate in the past year. Although there is not one single definition of what it means to be a sanctuary city, sanctuary cities are generally characterised by a general declaration of support by a city’s leaders for its residents, and in particular undocumented residents. More ambitious sanctuary policies seek to limit how local law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

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