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    What happened to Europe’s left? From proletariat to precariat

What happened to Europe’s left? From proletariat to precariat

Only a handful of European states are currently governed by left-wing governments, and several of the traditionally largest left-wing parties, such as the Socialist Party in France, have experienced substantial drops in support. Jan Rovny argues that while many commentators have linked the left’s decline to the late-2000s financial crisis, the weakening of Europe’s left reflects deep structural […]

February 24th, 2018|Featured, Jan Rovny|3 Comments|
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    Why has no other European country adopted the Research Excellence Framework?

Why has no other European country adopted the Research Excellence Framework?

Most European countries have followed the UK’s lead in developing performance-based research funding systems (PRFS) for their universities. However, what these countries have not done is adopt the same system, the Research Excellence Framework being its most recent iteration. Instead, many use indicators of institutional performance for funding decisions rather than panel evaluation and peer review. Gunnar Sivertsen has examined systems […]

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    New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

Brexit has made a coherent position on immigration urgent for Britain’s political parties, but Labour’s inability to reach one is not new. Erica Consterdine explains how Tony Blair’s belief in the benefits of globalisation turned Britain into a ‘migration state’. This decision, however, was costly for the party, which is now having a hard time satisfying its electoral base, which […]

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    While corporate UK was for Remain, their business strategies tell a different story

While corporate UK was for Remain, their business strategies tell a different story

While corporate UK was strongly opposed to Brexit, their strategies tell a slightly different story, write Michael Mayer, Julia Hautz, Christian Stadler and Richard Whittington. In contrast to their European counterparts, British businesses have long looked for markets primarily outside of Europe.

Always good to start with a confession: we are what Brexiteers call Remoaners. As Michael Bloomberg says, “it […]

Historical amnesia is undermining European democracy

Survey evidence suggests there is growing nostalgia toward former authoritarian regimes in a number of European countries. Diego Rubio writes that a degree of historical amnesia is now apparent in European societies, with those individuals who are too young to remember the authoritarian regimes of the past showing more openness toward the creation of authoritarian-like regimes today. He […]

May 6th, 2017|Featured|9 Comments|
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    British newspapers and the EU: was it always about sovereignty and crooked bananas?

British newspapers and the EU: was it always about sovereignty and crooked bananas?

55 years ago, British newspapers jubilantly celebrated the country’s first application to join the European Community. Today, they brand all opponents of Brexit as ‘saboteurs’. This change of heart can tell us a lot about the wider historical dynamics behind Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Mathias Haeussler explains.

British tabloids’ portrayals of Europe have always been deeply conditioned by […]

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    Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Will the decision to back a soft Brexit hurt Labour’s prospects in the upcoming election further, or would it help? And what would it do to Labour’s prospects in the long run? Ben Margulies looks at the evidence and explains how Labour can avoid becoming irrelevant and how it can recover its position as the leading party of the […]

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    What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what what does that mean? Daphne Halikiopoulou argues that while the rhetoric of these parties is indeed centred on nationalism, the drivers of support are neither new nor necessarily nationalism-related. What […]