Previous Issues

Previous issues

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2017 Issue

  1. A mixed-methods evaluation of Roma health mediation: Bulgaria case study
  2. Addressing spatial segregation of the low-income population through comprehensive social housing projects in Quito, Ecuador
  3. Why have UK pension funds not taken on social impact investing?
  4. Human trafficking and ethnic minority problems in Myanmar: Policy recommendations for Myanmar and neighboring states
  5. Is the UK’s proposed soft drink tax an effective way to reduce obesity?
  6. Are Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia prepared to meet the Sustainable Development Goals’ health targets?
  7. Equality of opportunity and fiscal policies: Where are we? Where do we need to be?
  8. The Spanish airport system: Critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the Spanish government’s management of public resources
  9. Monetary policy at the zero lower bound: Discretion, uncertainty and interest rate volatility
  10. Flushing, rituals and needle fixation among heroin addicts: Implications for policy

2016 Issue

  1. Asian carp: The value of understanding the political, social, and economic effects of prospective policies to mitigate a Laurentian Great Lakes invasion
  2. The new Eurasian land bridge: Opportunities for China, Europe, and Central Asia
  3. Tajikistan: Political Economy of drug addiction
  4. Getting out of poverty for the first time: Evidence from the United Kingdom
  5. The political economy of food subsidies in Egypt: Reforms and strengthening of social protection
  6. Data localization laws in a digital world: Data protection or data protectionism?
  7. Evaluating the strength of commitments made to swing constituencies: An analysis of the Conservatives’ decision to block Heathrow Expansion
  8. Determinants of change in the international fight against corruption: Do freedom of press and the executive composition matter?

2015 Issue

  1. Politicisation of the federal civil service in Brazil: an empirical assessment – Daniel De Bonis 
  2. Ensuring food security through WTO rules: should the ‘policy space’ be expanded? -Neha Mishra
  3. The effect of unilateral divorce laws on married women’s labour supply in Mexico City- Maria Alejandra Hernandez
  4. A critical evaluation of child poverty measurement in the United Kingdom- Upaasna Kaul
  5. Insurance markets in rural Uganda: a case for government intervention? Katie McIntosh
  6. Plain packaging for cigarettes: evaluating implementation in the UK – Jennifer McDonald
  7. JobPath: The proposed introduction of an employment programme in the Republic of Ireland – Simon Lowe
  8. Prize-linked savings products: an innovative tool for increasing savings among low-income households? – Julia Kowalski
  9. The great myth: why population growth does not necessarily cause environmental degradation and poverty – David Maier
  10. The impact of bilingual education on average school performance: an evaluation of Madrid’s bilingual schools programme – Carmen Hoya Quecedo

2015 LSE Africa Summit

  1. Understanding how business is perceived ‘on the street’: investigating the rules that govern economic life in Nigeria – Adeolu Adesanya
  2. Institutional specialisation in the battle against corruption: Uganda’s anti-corruption court – Lindsey Carson
  3. Towards a new communityled governance approach, integrating the global into the mundane – and why design matters – Fabienne Hoelzel and Dr Ebun Akinsete
  4. Innovative governance in health: priority setting to control neglected tropical diseases – John Baptist Ngobi 
  5. Turning challenges into opportunities in urban water governance: the case of Greater Maputo – Tatiana dos Santos Silva
  6. The new frontier of governance in Africa – Kafui Tsekpo

2014 Issue

  1. Under the Olympic lens: the Beijing bid – Upaasna Kaul
  2. Working on welfare-to-work: analysing the role of commitment devices in success of sanctions policies – Chandni Raja
  3. Food deserts in Chicago: demanding fresh markets through school milk programs – Mollie Foust
  4. Is competition the right answer? A case of credit rating agencies – Khyati Malik
  5. The effect of ethnic diversity on the vote for Labour in London: a local election analysis from 2002-2010 – Ella Spencer
  6. European Union after the sovereign debt crisis: a post-democratic polity? – Federico Reho
  7. The re-evaluation of the Sunshine policy: failure or success? – Pearl Jinju Kwon 
  8. Political sources of income inequality in Canada: the role of organised interests – Navid Sabet

2013 Issue

  1. Child based refundable tax credits and employment patterns amongst low-skilled married couples: evidence from the 2001 US tax reforms – Krista Ruffini
  2. Capitalism, corporatocracy, and financialization: imbalances in the American financial economy – Dennis Shen
  3. The impact of perception on redistribution – Daniel Cramer
  4. How much precaution is too much? Evaluating Germany’s nuclear phaseout decision in light of the events at Fukushima – John Moore
  5. Sunningdale for slow learners’? Negotiating a credible commitment to peace in Northern Ireland – Kimberley Moran 
  6. Tax reform in Guatemala: analysing the mechanisms of interest group influence – Victor Steenbergen
  7. Treatment of housing costs in the UK income statistics – Amy Yizhi Mao 
  8. Fiscal transparency and sustainability of public debts in times of crisis: how to strengthen investor confidence – Jules Tilly 
  9. Regime transitions and redistribution: prospects for a stable democracy in Egypt and Libya – Francesco Alfonso
  10. Credibility in land reform policy in South Africa and Zimbabwe – Jung A Lee