The 2017 edition of The Public Sphere launches today at an event at LSE bringing together authors, editors and all those involved in the production of the journal to celebrate its publication. If you can’t make it to the event – 6:30 p.m.  in the 6th Floor Café of LSE’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre – make sure you check out the digital version of the journal, available here.

Ashley Lau, Editor-in-Chief of the PSJ, told us, “We’re excited to bring you the 2017 edition of The Public Sphere, which covers a range of important policy topics and discussions across the globe, and at home, here in London. The ten pieces in this year’s journal represent strength in policy relevance, methodology, academic rigor and originality, and come from a very competitive pool of submissions.

“This year was also particularly significant for the growth and innovation of The Public Sphere. We received a record number of submissions from public policy institutions across Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, and Europe. We also expanded our team and built up our online platform, which has allowed us to extend the policy conversation to a wider audience. We’re inspired by the evolution of the journal this year, and we look forward to seeing its growth continue in future years.”

The 2017 issue features contributions from authors from all around the world covering a diverse range of topics, with featured papers including:

  • Equality of opportunity and fiscal policies: Where are we? Where do we need to be? by David Ortan
  • Is the UK’s proposed soft drink tax an effective way to reduce obesity? by Genevieve Joy
  • Why have UK pension funds not taken on social impact investing? by Dana Elman Vishkin
  • The Spanish Airport-System: critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the Spanish Government’s management of Public Resources by Ane Elixabete Ripoll-Zarraga
  • Addressing Spatial Segregation of the Low-Income Population through Comprehensive Social Housing Projects in Quito, Ecuador by Vanessa Alejandra Carrera Yepez
  • Are Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia prepared to meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ Health Targets? A Policy Analysis by Natasha Mbabazi
  • Flushing, rituals and needle fixation among heroin addicts: Implications for policy by John Wooldridge
  • Human Trafficking and Ethnic Minority Problems in Myanmar: Policy Recommendations for Myanmar and Neighboring States by Seunghyun Han
  • A mixed-methods evaluation of Roma health mediation: Bulgaria case study by Mario Battaglini
  • Monetary Policy at the Zero Lower Bound: Discretion, Uncertainty, and Interest Rate Volatility by Mark Wilkinson