2014 European Parliament elections

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    The division on the right of the UK’s party system is now the defining feature of electoral politics in Britain

The division on the right of the UK’s party system is now the defining feature of electoral politics in Britain

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won its second seat in the UK’s parliament at a by-election on 20 November in the constituency of Rochester and Strood. Paul Whiteley writes that the victory gives the party national credibility ahead of the 2015 general election, and that a recent increase in the size of UKIP’s membership will improve their ability […]

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    Online platforms associated with traditional media organisations or established institutions are more successful at increasing public knowledge of the EU

Online platforms associated with traditional media organisations or established institutions are more successful at increasing public knowledge of the EU

How do European citizens receive information about the policies and activities of the European Union? Laura Sudulich presents research on the impact of different types of online materials on levels of public knowledge about the EU. She notes that only platforms which host reliable, fact-checked information tend to be effective in increasing knowledge, with websites associated with traditional media organisations […]

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    The UK government’s ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The UK government’s ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced that Greater Manchester will be given a directly elected mayor with authority over £1 billion of spending in areas such as transport and policing. Robin Hambleton writes that the plan, popularly referred to as ‘Devo Manc’, has been justified by the British government on the basis of decentralising power within […]

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    Book Review: When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923, edited by Vally Lytra

Book Review: When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923, edited by Vally Lytra

When Greeks and Turks Meet attempts to demonstrate how the nationalist view of relations between the two peoples is a distinctly modern one that neglects a long history of coexistence. William Eichler finds the book an important text that will be useful to students with an interest in Turkey and Greece, as well as to those interested in the […]

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    Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

Available in English for the first time, this publication from Slavoj Žižek represents a re-worked version of one of his earliest works. Jodie Matthews writes that while it is hard to place this book among his recent works, the purpose of publishing it may be to emphasise that the Žižek of the 1980s was already then the one we have come […]

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    Book Review: The New Geography of Capitalism: Firms, Finance, and Society by Adam D Dixon

Book Review: The New Geography of Capitalism: Firms, Finance, and Society by Adam D Dixon

Reviewing a range of debates and theories across the contemporary social sciences, this book aims to show how the insights of economic geography can be usefully brought to bear in understanding current trends, and the changing relationships between global financial markets, multinational firms, and contemporary welfare states. Muireann O’Dwyer believes the book will be read with approval by many […]

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    Book Review: Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game by Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland

Book Review: Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game by Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland

In Football’s Dark Side, Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland draw together the views of thousands of football fans on the game they love, but which they know has an unpleasant underside. Steven Harkins writes that the book offers a series of theoretical perspectives on the ‘dark side’ of football which will be of great interest to students of cultural […]

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    Bulgaria’s uninspiring election campaign is likely to lead to another hung parliament

Bulgaria’s uninspiring election campaign is likely to lead to another hung parliament

Bulgaria is holding parliamentary elections today, after the government led by Plamen Oresharski resigned in July. Kyril Drezov gives a final overview of the campaign and the main parties competing in the election. He argues that while much will depend on which of the small parties overcome the four per cent electoral threshold, there is every likelihood of another […]

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    Book Review: Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta, edited by Scott Barrett et al.

Book Review: Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta, edited by Scott Barrett et al.

This volume of twenty essays seeks to honour Sir Partha Dasgupta and the field he helped establish: environment and development economics. With contributions from some of the world’s leading economists, including five recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Stuart Astill writes that the collection will encourage readers to seek out more information on Sir Partha Dasgupta and his […]

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    Bulgarian parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polls

Bulgarian parliamentary elections: a final look at the parties and the polls

Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections on 5 October, following the resignation of the country’s government in July. Ahead of the vote, Stuart Brown gives an overview of the background to the elections, each of the main parties and some of the opinion polling on the likely results.

On Sunday, Bulgaria will hold parliamentary elections for the second time in less […]

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    Book Review: Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova

Book Review: Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova

Virtual Economies provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking view of how economics is much more than its academic definition and how virtual world economies could be a starting point for rethinking the problems of real world economies. Clare Chambers-Jones finds the book to be an excellent and understandable approach to a dynamic and timely topic.

Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis. Vili […]

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    Book Review: Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Book Review: Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Beautiful Game Theory uses football to test economic theories and document novel human behaviour. Ignacio Palacios-Huerta offers insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. Peter Dawson approves of the mix between analytical rigour and stories, and there are many aspects that would interest journalists and policy-makers alike.

Beautiful Game Theory: […]

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Scottish independence referendum liveblog

A record number of Scottish voters will go to the polls today to decide whether or not to separate from the UK and form an independent state. Joel Suss (@JoelSuss) and Stuart Brown (@StuartABrown01) are running a liveblog at the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog until the result is declared.

Alongside the liveblog you can also check out […]

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    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has articulated a civic nationalism that welcomes immigrants and ethnic minorities as part of Scotland’s rich ‘tartan tapestry’. Eve Hepburn explores why Scottish parties have been able to avoid the anti-immigration hysteria that peppers political debates south of the border, writing that if Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that […]

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    Book Review: How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden

Book Review: How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden

Across the globe, there are more than four thousand policy institutes or think tanks that research or advocate for economic and social development. Yet the relationship between these organisations and the policies they influence is not well understood. How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to […]

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    Brussels round up: Tusk and Mogherini, ECB interest rate cut, and government approval ratings

Brussels round up: Tusk and Mogherini, ECB interest rate cut, and government approval ratings

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Tusk and Mogherini

Following months of discussions, a special meeting of the European Council on 30 August appointed Donald Tusk as the next President of the European Council and Federica Mogherini as the EU’s next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Writing […]

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    Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

Brussels round up: Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy, French government resigns, and the Italian left at a crossroads

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy

Following disappointing economic figures in the Eurozone, Francesco Giavazzi and Guido Tabellini at Vox present a model for jumpstarting the Eurozone’s economy. They argue for a Eurozone-wide agreement to carry out a “five per cent tax cut, an extension of […]

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    European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

European Council preview: who will get the EU’s remaining top jobs?

On Saturday, EU leaders will hold a meeting aimed at selecting the next European Council President and the next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Ahead of the discussions, Stuart Brown provides an overview of the main candidates and assesses the most likely winners for each post.

Since Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as President of the European Commission in […]

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    Content analysis shows Romanians have tended to be linked to criminality and economic poverty in UK media coverage

Content analysis shows Romanians have tended to be linked to criminality and economic poverty in UK media coverage

At the beginning of 2014, transitional controls on the free movement of Romanians and Bulgarians were removed by eight EU member states. In new research, Dora-Olivia Vicol and William Allen examine how the British media reported on Bulgarians and Romanians in the run-up to the controls being lifted. A textual analysis revealed that the nouns identified as explicitly ‘Romanian’ tended […]

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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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