The Centre at the University of Sussex was set up with the aim of transcending institutional barriers and to provide a venue and environment where students and researchers can share ideas, develop research and inform themselves of the evolving nature of contemporary Global Political Economy.
National news media has been faulted for oversimplifying, sensationalizing and emotionalizing human events and for focussing on dramatic crises ("if it bleeds it leads") rather than on more basic societal needs, trends and conditions. Similarly, controversy-oriented public affairs programming (e.g. crossfire) has been criticized for creating more heat than light and for feeding ever more political polarization in society.
The purpose of this website is to provide news about public affairs and public policy solutions to pressing social concerns. In the tradition of civic journalism, this nonpartisan site seeks to help improve the quality of people's lives by providing useful information and education that help may foster dialogue, policy innovation, and greater dispersion of compelling policy solutions to national and international problems.
Monitoring the public opinion in the European Union is the mission of the Standard Eurobarometer surveys conducted on behalf of the European Commission at least two times a year in all member states of the European Union.