2014 European Parliament elections

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    The real question in Greece is not who will win the referendum, but what the vote really means

The real question in Greece is not who will win the referendum, but what the vote really means

The final days of campaigning are underway ahead of the 5 July referendum in Greece. Paul Taggart and Kai Oppermann write that with little agreement on what a ‘No’ vote would entail for the country’s future in the Eurozone, the key question is not so much which side will win, but what the referendum is really about.

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    The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

The Greek referendum will likely be the beginning of the end for Alexis Tsipras

What would defeat in Sunday’s referendum mean for Alexis Tsipras and his Greek government? Kyriakos Moumoutzis writes that while Tsipras has argued for a ‘No’ vote on the basis that it would strengthen the country’s hand in future negotiations with its creditors, the uncertainty experienced in Greece since the referendum announcement is likely to increase the prospects for a […]

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Book Review: The Relevance of Political Science

This collection engages directly with how political science can achieve wider relevance as a discipline. Matt Wood finds the book to be a must read for any scholar interested in the impact debate. However he also notes that more attention could be spent justifying to society why the theoretical and conceptual work political scientists already do is intimately valuable […]

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    Turkey’s 2015 general election: a final look at the parties and the campaign

Turkey’s 2015 general election: a final look at the parties and the campaign

Turkey will hold a general election on 7 June. Sezin Öney and Emre Erdoğan take a final look at the campaign before the country heads to the polls. They write that politics in Turkey has taken a notable populist turn in recent years, with the 2015 election campaign becoming dominated by a personalised style of politics, particularly in relation […]

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    Ireland may vote Yes, but it never needed a referendum on same-sex marriage

Ireland may vote Yes, but it never needed a referendum on same-sex marriage

Ireland is holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage, with the result expected to be announced on Saturday. Brian Tobin writes that while the latest opinion polls suggest the electorate will back the proposal, there was never any legal necessity for it to be put to a referendum. He argues that it would have been possible to simply legalise […]

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    Ten key contests to look out for on election night in the UK

Ten key contests to look out for on election night in the UK

The UK’s general election is upon us, and voting is under way. The UK isn’t used to consecutive elections where the ultimate result is unclear, and following 2010’s hung parliament, both Labour and the Conservatives are hoping to emerge as the largest party. Then the business of attempting to form a government can begin, with smaller parties set to enter the […]

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    How do citizens choose who to vote for? A sociological account of the 2015 UK general election

How do citizens choose who to vote for? A sociological account of the 2015 UK general election

British voters are going to the polls today for the 2015 UK general election. Lambros Fatsis takes a sociological perspective on the voting process by assessing how citizens choose to exercise their vote. He writes that there are both ‘civic-oriented’ and ‘culture-oriented’ explanations for how citizens make their choice and that understanding this process offers a greater understanding of […]

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Would the Conservatives have been better off under AV?

The UK held a referendum in 2011 on adopting an Alternative Vote (AV) electoral system for general elections, which was rejected by a substantial majority of the British public. Chris Hanretty assesses how AV might have affected the 2015 UK general election. He notes that while the Conservative Party opposed AV during the referendum, the latest seat projections suggest […]

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Book Review: Engaging Enemies: Hayek and the Left

Engaging Enemies uses the left’s late discovery of Hayek to examine the contemporary fate of socialism and social democracy. Did socialism survive the twentieth century? Did it collapse with the fall of the Berlin Wall as Hayek claimed? Or did it transform into something else, and if so what? Thomas Joassin writes that in spite of the focus on […]

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Book Review: Germany, Russia, and the rise of Geo-Economics

Germany, Russia, and the Rise of Geo-Economics provides a description and analysis of German policy toward Russia in the post-unification period. Tessa Szyszkowitz finds it to be a timely study, particularly for those who want to understand the background of the crisis in the Ukraine.

Book Review: Germany, Russia, and the rise of Geo-Economics. Stephen F. Szabo. London/New York, 2015. […]

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    Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Syriza’s victory in Greece could undermine the effectiveness of EU foreign policy

Most EU foreign policy decisions require the agreement of all EU member states. Following the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections on 25 January, Kyriakos Moumoutzis assesses the impact the election result will have on both Greek foreign policy and the capacity of the EU to negotiate joint foreign policy positions. He notes that with the Syriza government […]

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    Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power

Syriza won power in the Greek elections on 25 January, however the new Greek government faces significant challenges both in terms of the country’s domestic situation and negotiations with its European partners. Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou write on the key policies that are likely to be pursued in the aftermath of the elections. They note that while much […]

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    Book Review: Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions by John Lloyd and Cristina Marconi

Book Review: Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions by John Lloyd and Cristina Marconi

Based on extensive interviews with EU correspondents, editors, and public relations executives, this book aims to reveal how the EU’s institutions are covered by the media. Ruth Garland writes that the authors provide a vivid picture of the EU from the point of view of the reporters trying to cover it.

Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions. […]

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    Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

Greek parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polling

On 25 January Greece will hold parliamentary elections. Ahead of the vote, Eri Bertsou and Stuart Brown take a final look at the election, providing an overview of the Greek party system, the latest polling, and some of the key contextual factors such as the impact of the financial crisis on the Greek economy and the attitudes of citizens […]

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    Syriza leads the polls in Greece, but it remains unclear who the party could enter coalition with after the election

Syriza leads the polls in Greece, but it remains unclear who the party could enter coalition with after the election

Greece will hold parliamentary elections on 25 January. Ahead of the vote, Stella Ladi writes on the state of play in the Greek party system. She notes that while the radical left party Syriza currently leads the polling, there is debate over who its most likely coalition partners would be should it fail to secure a majority, with potentially […]

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    Book Review: Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration by Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Book Review: Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration by Rebecca Adler-Nissen

By developing a political sociology of European integration, Rebecca Adler-Nissen aims to show how everyday negotiations transform national interests into European ideals. Amani El Sehrawey finds the book to be a useful read for EU scholars who wish to further examine the issue of national opt outs.

Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration. Rebecca Adler-Nissen. […]

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    Croatia is set for an unusually tight race in the second round of its presidential election

Croatia is set for an unusually tight race in the second round of its presidential election

On 11 January, Croatia will hold a second round of voting to elect the country’s next President. Višeslav Raos provides a comprehensive preview of the vote, noting that the elections are expected to give a clear indication of how the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections might go later in the year.

On 11 January, Croatian voters will decide whether the country’s […]

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    Book Review: Islamist Parties and Political Normalization in the Muslim World by Quinn Mecham and Julie Chernov Hwang

Book Review: Islamist Parties and Political Normalization in the Muslim World by Quinn Mecham and Julie Chernov Hwang

Since 2000, numerous countries around the world have held elections in which parties that espouse a political agenda based on an Islamic worldview have competed for legislative seats. This book aims to examine the impact these parties have had on the political process in two different areas of the world with large Muslim populations: the Middle East and Asia. […]

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    With the Smith Commission reporting and the SNP surging, the Scottish Labour party has reached a critical juncture

With the Smith Commission reporting and the SNP surging, the Scottish Labour party has reached a critical juncture

The Smith Commission report on further devolution of powers to Scotland was published on 27 November. Craig McAngus writes that the Scottish Labour Party now finds itself at a crossroads ahead of the 2015 UK general election. He argues that the UK is now on a path to ‘ever looser union’ and that Scottish Labour will have to accept this, […]

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    Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

Book Review: Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion? by Richard Youngs

This book aims to examine the European Union’s response to the Arab spring from late 2010 to the beginning of 2014. Through 12 chapters, Richard Youngs seeks to assess the extent to which the EU changed its policies toward countries like Tunisia and Syria during the course of events. Inez von Weitershausen finds the book empirically rich, but recommends […]

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