life expectancy, mortality, alcohol consumption, Russia, Soviet Union, communism, transition, transformation, economics, divorce, depopulation, stress, Eastern Europe

Mortality and life expectancy in post-communist countries

The transition to the market economy and democracy in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries in the 1990s caused a dramatic increase in...

Good and bad GDP: Output fall in transition economies and the dead rat effect

Good jokes should be funny, but more importantly, should carry a message. The following is one of the most famous jokes in economics, and...

Constructing identity in the context of globalisation and the erosion of traditional norms

Research approaches to identity construction Liberal, postmodern thought – identified with the work of Jacques Derrida, among others – denies the individual his or her...

European and Russian migration policy in perspective

“There is nothing permanent except change” wrote Greek philosopher Heraclitus. The world is currently being transformed at an accelerated rate, involving more and more...
#FeesMustFall demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa. (Credit: Paul Saad/Flickr)

Digitalisation of the media in Africa: Prospects for change

Global media has become increasingly digitalised in recent years. These processes have had a detrimental impact on the traditional business models of commercial journalism,...
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party. (Credit: Chatham House/Flickr)

The rise of Corbyn’s Labour party and the eclipse of the Tory media

On 15 February 2018, The Sun led with an exclusive gotcha story. On this Tory tabloid’s front page was the lurid headline: ‘CORBYN AND...
Palestine: The Middle East’s longest-running revolutionary struggle. (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

Revolution: A permanent feature of politics

We are accustomed to thinking of revolutions in terms of great historical episodes of violent transformation that arose in the past: the French Revolution...
Could UBI be the antidote to chronic unemployment? (Credit: Joel Schalit/Flickr)

How will universal basic income change our lives?

The concept of a universal basic income (UBI) is becoming increasingly popular in discussions about how to combat poverty. Advocates for UBI include not...
Campaigners outside the UK treasury highlight the destructive impact of tax havens. (Credit: Enough Food IF/Flickr)

Wealth mobility: Implications for inequality

In recent decades, economic globalisation has led to an increased mobility of financial assets and wealthy individuals across national boundaries. At the same time, income...
History, migration, and a mix of traditions: Tajiks drink vodka at a wedding celebration. (Credit: Evgeni Zotov/Flickr)

Religious institutions and Tajik migrant integration in Russia

Debating the role of religion in the process of migrant integration is increasingly important. This is unsurprising in light of the refugee crisis in Europe...

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