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    Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

World leaders met in New York on 23 September for a ‘Climate Summit’ with the aim of discussing some of the measures that will be contained within a new climate change agreement in 2015. Federica Genovese writes that while the summit provided little in the way of new commitments, it nevertheless demonstrated that the international community of climate policy supporters […]

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    Spain is unlikely to veto an independent Scotland’s EU membership

Spain is unlikely to veto an independent Scotland’s EU membership

If Scotland votes to become independent on 18 September then it will seek to become a member state of the European Union. However some commentators have raised the question of whether Spain might seek to veto Scotland’s membership or impose concessions on the country to avoid setting a precedent for Catalonia. Dani Cetrà writes that it is unlikely Spain […]

September 18th, 2014|Europp|0 Comments|
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    Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy

Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy

What types of public policy promote greater happiness among citizens? Patrick Flavin, Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff present results from an analysis of survey data across 21 industrialised democracies between 1981 and 2007. They find that in countries where governments intervene more frequently in the economy there is a higher degree of self-reported happiness among citizens. They note that […]

August 23rd, 2014|Europp, Featured|3 Comments|
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    There are benefits to viewing Europe as a collection of cities and regions rather than as a group of nation states

There are benefits to viewing Europe as a collection of cities and regions rather than as a group of nation states

Should we conceive of Europe as a collection of individual states or as a group of distinct cities and regions which are part of a larger whole? Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig present figures from their new ‘Social Atlas of Europe’, which provides a new way of illustrating the key social and geographic features across European countries. They […]

August 16th, 2014|Europp, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Excluding the growing camp of Eurosceptics from the EU’s corridors of power could prove fatal in the long run

Excluding the growing camp of Eurosceptics from the EU’s corridors of power could prove fatal in the long run

The 2014 European Parliament elections saw an unprecedented level of support for Eurosceptic parties. Oliver Treib writes that the Eurosceptic vote cannot be dismissed as a short-term protest against unpopular governments. Instead, he argues that fundamental worries about the effects of EU policies and general dissatisfaction with mainstream politics lie at the heart of the Eurosceptic success. The selection […]

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    New public administration reforms are required to meet the challenges posed by austerity policies

New public administration reforms are required to meet the challenges posed by austerity policies

What challenges do austerity policies pose for public administration across Europe? Dion Curry writes on the views of both citizens and public sector executives on trends within public administration over the last five years. He notes that while perceptions of recent developments are complex and at times contradictory, it is important that academics and practitioners work together to generate […]

August 2nd, 2014|Europp, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone

The ‘Poundzone’ is just as sub-optimal a currency area as the Eurozone

One of the arguments frequently made against the euro is that the Eurozone represents a ‘non-optimal’ currency area. This derives from the notion that the variations between regions within the Eurozone are simply too large for them to share a single currency without encountering problems. Waltraud Schelkle assesses this argument by comparing the experience of the Eurozone with that […]

August 1st, 2014|Europp, Featured|1 Comment|
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    It’s time we reconsidered the principle that states must always repay their sovereign debt

It’s time we reconsidered the principle that states must always repay their sovereign debt

Is it true that states must always repay their sovereign debt – even after a major regime change – to maintain their future creditworthiness? Odette Lienau writes that this conventional wisdom on sovereign debt is overly simplistic and in some cases entirely wrong. She argues that the assumptions of political neutrality, creditor uniformity, and historical constancy, upon which this […]