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    The trade-off between transparency and efficiency in EU decision making is not as straightforward as some claim

The trade-off between transparency and efficiency in EU decision making is not as straightforward as some claim

The EU has taken several steps to make its decision making more transparent, but many key decisions are still taken behind closed doors. As Stéphanie Novak and Maarten Hillebrandt explain, one of the main reasons for this is the perception that increasing transparency could undermine the efficiency of decision making. Drawing from a new study, they argue that although […]

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    Book Review: A Political Theory of Post-Truth by Ignas Kalpokas

Book Review: A Political Theory of Post-Truth by Ignas Kalpokas

In A Political Theory of Post-Truth, Ignas Kalpokas offers a nuanced and lucid description of the conditions and content of a post-truth world, drawing particularly on the work of the seventeen-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza with support from the twentieth-century post-structuralist Gilles Deleuze. Going beyond cliches and superficial diagnosis, this is a perceptive, yet alarming, vision of an ever-more embedded post-truth future, finds Roderick Howlett. 
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    Greece and Argentina show why pension reforms should not be used as a quick fix for a financial crisis

Greece and Argentina show why pension reforms should not be used as a quick fix for a financial crisis

Greece and Argentina both introduced radical pension reforms following the financial crisis. Drawing on recent research, Marina Angelaki and Leandro Carrera argue that while both countries lacked access to international financial markets and had unsustainable pension systems, the reforms have been short-sighted, ultimately undermining the adequacy and sustainability of pensions. A future overhaul of their systems looks unavoidable.

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    How turnout, majority size, and outcome affect whether citizens think the result of an EU referendum should be implemented

How turnout, majority size, and outcome affect whether citizens think the result of an EU referendum should be implemented

There is an ongoing debate in the UK over whether holding another referendum on EU membership would be democratic or not. Drawing on a new study, Sveinung Arnesen explains that while in general most citizens believe governments should follow the results of referendums on EU membership, this depends heavily upon the level of turnout, the size of the majority, […]

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    Book Review: Athens and the War on Public Space: Tracing a City in Crisis by Klara Jaya Brekke, Christos Filippidis and Antonis Vradis

Book Review: Athens and the War on Public Space: Tracing a City in Crisis by Klara Jaya Brekke, Christos Filippidis and Antonis Vradis

In Athens and the War on Public Space: Tracing a City in Crisis, Klara Jaya Brekke, Christos Filippidis and Antonis Vradis merge textual and visual material to focus on public space in Athens and its socio-spatial dynamics, attempting to grasp, however momentarily, the ever-moving, multifaceted and violent consequences of crisis. This is a valuable intervention that critically addresses the key issues faced by both a society […]

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    The euro crisis showed the limits of using market integration and free trade as vehicles for development

The euro crisis showed the limits of using market integration and free trade as vehicles for development

The crisis that hit members of the Eurozone a decade ago has often been attributed to design flaws in Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union. Drawing on a new study, Andreas Bieler, Jamie Jordan and Adam David Morton argue that this focus neglects the deeper issues that lie at the heart of European economies. Rather than simply reflecting the flawed […]

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    The EU as an evolving compromise between French dirigism and German ordoliberalism

The EU as an evolving compromise between French dirigism and German ordoliberalism

France and Germany are often credited with being the key driving forces behind European integration. However, as Laurent Warlouzet explains, both states have approached the integration process from distinct ideological standpoints, with French dirigism and German ordoliberalism lying at opposite ends of the economic policy spectrum. In an EU without the UK, this clash will continue to be a […]

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    Book Review: National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin

Book Review: National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin

In National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin offer a concise examination of the rise of national populism, seeking to challenge some of the established views regarding this political shift. Simon Kaye writes that while elements of the book’s analysis engage in simplification, it is nonetheless a succinct, striking and thought-provoking work. 
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    Book Review: The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer by Nicholas Shaxson

Book Review: The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer by Nicholas Shaxson

In The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer, Nicholas Shaxsoncharts the devastation caused by the concentration and consolidation of global finance, its ideologies and institutions. Suggesting the need for fundamental reform of business, accounting and finance education, this book exposes global finance as a curse, not a boon, writes Atul K. Shah.
The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is […]

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    Book Review: The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century by Helena Rosenblatt

Book Review: The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century by Helena Rosenblatt

In The Lost History of Liberalism: From Ancient Rome to the Twenty-First Century, Helena Rosenblatt gives an account of how the meanings of ‘liberalism’ have evolved through a world history of its uses from ancient Rome to the present day and also recovers some of its connotations that have been lost, discarded or eroded. This book challenges some of the assumptions held […]

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    Robotisation could help ‘reshore’ manufacturing jobs back to Europe

Robotisation could help ‘reshore’ manufacturing jobs back to Europe

Automation will have a major impact on the future of work, with many jobs that exist today potentially being replaced by automated processes. Toon van Overbeke argues that as technology is becoming cheaper and more advanced, the cost-benefit analysis of off-shoring could well be changing away from further outsourcing and towards reshoring manufacturing back to Europe.

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    Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

For many of us, economics appears too abstract and rooted in assumptions that make individuals seem unfamiliar as human subjects. In Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy, Steve Coulter seeks to tackle these perceptions by offering an accessible take on economics that shows how it has relevance to different aspects of our everyday lives, from health to shopping and housing. Coulter […]

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    The Eurozone and the United States are set for a future of low growth unless they rethink their approach to monetary policy

The Eurozone and the United States are set for a future of low growth unless they rethink their approach to monetary policy

While European economies have recovered to an extent from the financial crisis, many observers still regard this recovery as underwhelming. Based on research presented to the European Parliament, Eddie Gerba argues that unless there is a major rethink on monetary and fiscal policy, advanced economies may be faced with low growth, income disparities, and a deficient financial system in […]

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What moves markets more, Twitter or traditional news?

Twitter has become a key communication tool for world leaders, but how does the impact of tweets on financial markets compare to the impact of traditional news? Based on a new study, Costas Milas, Theodore Panagiotidis and Theologos Dergiades identify a clear link between movement in the financial markets and Twitter activity, raising questions about whether Twitter’s market power is a problem and requires regulation.

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Why lobbying in Brussels is not always an obscure activity

Lobbying in Brussels is often envisioned as an activity that takes place behind closed doors, away from the spotlight of public scrutiny. Yet at the same time, some lobbyists intentionally seek media attention to win their policy battles. Drawing on a recent study, Iskander De Bruycker explains that media attention can help EU lobbyists attain their policy objectives, but […]

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    Many interest groups are more in line with public preferences than commonly thought

Many interest groups are more in line with public preferences than commonly thought

While some see lobbying as a threat to democracy, others portray interest groups as an important link between the public and the political system. But to what extent do interest groups actually support what the public wants? Linda Flöthe and Anne Rasmussen present a detailed cross-national comparison of congruence between interest groups and the public. They illustrate that despite […]

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    Opportunity or threat? How Europeans view freedom of movement

Opportunity or threat? How Europeans view freedom of movement

Freedom of movement was one of the major issues during the UK’s EU referendum, but how do citizens in other EU countries view the topic? Drawing on new research, Sofia Vasilopoulou and Liisa Talving explain that although freedom of movement is popular overall among EU citizens, there is substantial variation between countries, with citizens in richer member states likely […]

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    Book Review: Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia by Tomas Matza

Book Review: Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia by Tomas Matza

In Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia,Thomas Matza offers an ethnographic account that explores the rise of psychotherapy in post-socialist Russia. Through in-depth interviews and observations of psychotherapists working in different institutions across the country, Matza not only probes deeply into their practice and perspectives, but also gives a human face to Russian experiences of flux and transition, […]

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    Government parties no longer bounce back from midterm losses

Government parties no longer bounce back from midterm losses

Midterm elections, such as those due to be held in the United States on 6 November, are often used as a key measure of a government’s popularity. But there is a common perception that even if governing parties suffer poor results in midterms, they are likely to regain some support before subsequent national elections due to the ‘electoral cycle’ […]

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    Book Review: The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question by Nick Hubble

Book Review: The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question by Nick Hubble

In The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question, Nick Hubble offers a challenge to the persistent binary established between modernist and working-class literature in interwar Britain, arguing that the divide reflects a narrow view of political class consciousness. This is an insightful study, finds Stanislava Dikova, that seeks to show how remembering modernist legacies will contribute to the invigoration of political energy and […]

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