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The Institutions for Democratic Politics

Frank Vibert draws from his new book to outline how our current democratic institutions are increasingly in need of reform in order to address the blind spots and content-lite nature of our current democratic politics.

Those of us who follow politics on a daily basis suffer from information overload, trivia fatigue and ‘sorting failure’ as we try to distinguish between […]

What provoked Trump’s tariffs: politics or economics?

Stephanie Rickard analyses recent tariffs imposed by the US, arguing that they fulfil election promises that helped Donald Trump win votes in 2016 and may pay further dividends in 2020.

June 13th, 2018|Books, Featured, Staff|0 Comments|

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers discusses the 2018 Local Elections

What did the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the current landscape of British Politics? Professor Tony Travers gives us his analysis.

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    What could the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the national and local political landscape?

What could the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the national and local political landscape?

Professor Tony Travers takes an in depth look at the various 2018 local election contests and argues that whilst local elections are often seen as barometer for the national political mood, local issues are also important and persuasive factors in how people vote.

Local elections in many countries are used as a ‘real world’ test of public opinion in the […]

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    Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Arabia: from political paralysis to rapid action

Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Arabia: from political paralysis to rapid action

Steffen Hertog reflects on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman much needed economic overhaul in Saudi Arabia and why the Crown Prince’s plans don’t add up.

Saudi Arabia has moved from political paralysis to rapid action under the de facto leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He has introduced a raft of ambitious economic reform plans, including the kingdom’s first […]

Reconciliation as Activity: Constraints and Possibilities

Reconciliation is proving to be a problematic concept for both practitioners and academics: it is laden with normative expectations and is often rejected by local publics. Ivor Sokolic and Denisa Kostovicova report on the exchange with civil society in Kosovo on reconciliation as activity. Participants shared their experiences of how interethnic contact between individuals through a variety of activities […]

What are transboundary crises and how can they be managed?

We ask Professor Martin Lodge about TransCrisis, a collaborative research project which has brought together experts from across Europe to assess the EU’s capacity to manage transboundary crises.

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    For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

For whom does justice work? The Mladić verdict and prospects for reconciliation in the Balkans

Former Bosnian Serb general, Ratko Mladić, has been found guilty of genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Reacting to the verdict, Denisa Kostovicova states there is broad consensus that the work of the ICTY has not translated into reconciliation among the affected communities in the Balkans. However, it is problematic to judge the […]

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    What do sexual harassment allegations in Westminster tell us about gender equality in politics?

What do sexual harassment allegations in Westminster tell us about gender equality in politics?

We ask Professor Anne Phillips, PhD candidate Marta Wojciechowska and MSc student Emily Wolff to reflect on recent sexual harassment allegations in Westminster. What does this scandal tell us about the state of gender equality in politics and how political institutions should change?

Building a research community: the Conflict Research Group

Dr Denisa Kostovicova details the Conflict Research Group (CRG) lunchtime research seminars and public events, organised during term times since 2011, in her ‘Building a research community: involving academics, doctoral students and master’s students in the Conflict Research Group seminars’.

The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multidisciplinary group based at the Department of Government that gathers staff and students who […]