politics

Rhetorical techniques used by politicians to invite audience applause were the focus of intensive research by Max Atkinson (e.g., Atkinson, 1984).    Just as conversationalists take it in turn to speak, so he argued do speakers and their audiences, although audience “turns”...

Happiness is desirable in and of itself. It is also desirable because of its demonstrated benefits for the individual – better social relationships, academic and occupational success, good health, and even long life (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005). Given that happiness has so many...

You’ve conducted a lot of research into the selection process for MPs, and helped ensure that major political parties are putting the right mix in front of the public at the polling stations. Do you have faith in the system now?

There’s still a long...

I often think it’s comical;
How Nature always does contrive!
That every boy and every gal
That’s born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!
Fal, lal, la!

(from Gilbert and Sullivan’s...

Political conflict erupted in the Middle East in late 2010. It began in Tunisia and then spread throughout the region in 2011 via Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Syria. This spate of unrest is but the most recent sobering reminder of just how often and how durably societies...