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A French-speaking Canadian volunteer in Haiti part of the volunteer group EDV that helped recovery efforts after the earthquake in early June 2010. Emma Taylor/Wikimedia

How Francophone scholarship deepened our understanding of democracy and social change

Scholars such as Alfred Sauvy, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Frantz Fanon wrote in French, but their work greatly contributed to our understanding of democracy and social change in all contexts.
John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech inspired the modern consumer rights movement. AP Photo/Bill Allen

Consumer rights are worthless without enforcement

JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.
Good economic times have allowed us to become complacent, meaning conditions are ripe. Shutterstock

Australia’s populist moment has arrived

It's been 27 years since our last recession. Conditions are ripe for a populist revolt when the next one arrives.
Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How a government shutdown affects the economy

The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is seen in this September 2018 photo. Higgs won a minority government, and must confront both language tensions and economic hardship in his province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

New Brunswick’s linguistic divide is a microcosm of Canada

New Brunswick’s language politics have vaulted ahead of its teetering economic crisis to potentially become the central political issue in 2019.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Deutscher Arbeitgebertag congress, organised by the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and gathering German employers in Berlin on November 22, 2018. Wolfgang Kumm/AFP

Questioning the claim of Germany’s ‘employment miracle’

The labour market inequalities and economic insecurity are stoking discontent from the Rhine to the Seine.

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