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    Disrupting supply chains: Why leaving the Single Market means systemic breakdown

Disrupting supply chains: Why leaving the Single Market means systemic breakdown

The UK will leave the Single Market at the end of this year, with new rules set to be implemented that will have an important impact on British businesses. Monica Horten writes that these changes have the potential to lead to uncertainties of supply, price hikes and potentially shortages. Prompt action could alleviate the situation, but ignoring it will result […]

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    The July European Council summit as seen by southern European newspapers

The July European Council summit as seen by southern European newspapers

At a European Council summit held on 17-21 July, EU heads of state and government reached agreement on a recovery package to tackle the socio-economic fallout from Covid-19. Using text analysis, Tatiana Coutto assesses how the deal was portrayed in southern European newspapers and how this coverage differed in the Dutch and German press. 

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    Rethinking immigration as an issue in the European Union and its consequences for government accountability

Rethinking immigration as an issue in the European Union and its consequences for government accountability

The financial crisis and the migration crisis served to heighten the salience of immigration in the EU’s member states. Drawing on a new study, Andrea Fumarola explains how both crises have reshaped not only the policy agendas of governments, but also the dynamics of party competition.

The last twenty years were marked by historical events like the 2004, 2007 and […]

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    Book Review: French Muslims in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic by Joseph Downing

Book Review: French Muslims in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic by Joseph Downing

In French Muslims in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic, Joseph Downing offers a new examination of the lives and experiences of French Muslims in the face of persecution, intimidation and marginalisation. Challenging and deconstructing widespread stereotypes and misconceptions, this well-researched book makes an excellent contribution and will be a good reference for scholars interested in exploring this area, writes Isa […]

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    How gender affects the response rates of politicians to inquiries about healthcare and unemployment support

How gender affects the response rates of politicians to inquiries about healthcare and unemployment support

Are women and men equally likely to receive answers when they contact politicians for information about healthcare and unemployment benefits? Drawing on a new study, Zoila Ponce de Leon and Gabriele Magni find that MPs are significantly more likely to respond to women overall, and that female legislators are more responsive, in general, than their male counterparts. Increasing the […]

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    Not too shy after all: Explaining when corporations appear in the media

Not too shy after all: Explaining when corporations appear in the media

Corporations are often thought to conduct most of their lobbying activities behind closed doors. As such, they may wish to avoid appearing in the news too frequently given the potential to attract public criticism over their political involvement. Drawing on a new study, Moritz Müller and Ellis Aizenberg examine the media strategies used by corporations to maximise their influence.

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    Covid-19 makes reform of the EU’s approach towards its southern neighbours more urgent than ever

Covid-19 makes reform of the EU’s approach towards its southern neighbours more urgent than ever

The EU has a stated goal of promoting prosperity and stability in the Middle East and North Africa. However, its efforts to secure Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with its southern neighbours have so far had limited success. Luigi Scazzieri writes that with Covid-19 likely to generate a significant economic fallout in the region, it is time for […]

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British expatriates and the anti-Brexit backlash

A large number of British citizens live elsewhere in Europe and many have the right to vote in UK elections. Yet little is known about their political preferences given there are no designated overseas constituencies for expatriate representation. Drawing on new survey evidence, Paul Webb and Susan Collard write that while expatriate voters have traditionally been assumed to vote more often for the […]

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    Book Review: Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family by Sophie Lewis

Book Review: Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family by Sophie Lewis

In Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, Sophie Lewis offers a new radical engagement with surrogacy, highlighting the systematic inconsistences in prevailing understandings of the family and birthing and advocating for a communal approach to reproductive labour that enables the proliferation of relationships of care. This is an incisive and exciting must-read book for all those interested in queer feminist engagements with […]

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Could Brexit lead to a revival of the Weimar Triangle?

The so called ‘Weimar Triangle’ is a framework for cooperation between France, Germany and Poland. While meetings have been held under the format since 1991, the last full summit involving heads of state took place in 2011. Bartlomiej Kulpa examines whether the reshaping of the EU following Brexit might lead to a revival of the framework.

Europeans have always dreamt […]

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    The Eurozone poses challenges for labour at large – and not just for the ‘South’

The Eurozone poses challenges for labour at large – and not just for the ‘South’

In the aftermath of the sovereign debt crisis, trade unions in the Eurozone periphery suffered heavy defeats in policy-making, as governments implemented liberalising reforms against their opposition. Some scholars saw this as indicative of a chasm in the fortunes and interests of organised labour between the Eurozone’s northern core and southern periphery. However, as Philip Rathgeb and Arianna Tassinari […]

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    Belarus election: Europe’s ‘last dictator’ claims victory, but change is in the air

Belarus election: Europe’s ‘last dictator’ claims victory, but change is in the air

Alexander Lukashenko was reelected as President of Belarus on 9 August, but the result of the election has been disputed, with thousands of people taking part in demonstrations across the country. Balki Begumhan Bayhan argues that despite the result, there is now a clear sense of change in the air.

Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian leader of Belarus who came to power in […]

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    What the Basque and Galician elections told us about the state of regional and national politics in Spain

What the Basque and Galician elections told us about the state of regional and national politics in Spain

Elections were held in the Basque Country and Galicia on 12 July. Jonathan Parker assesses what the results told us about regional and national politics in Spain. He writes that although the incumbent governments won re-election in both cases, there were some notable surprises hidden beneath the surface.

On 12 July, elections to the parliaments of the Spanish autonomous communities […]

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    Book Review: The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction by Jamie Woodcock and Mark Graham

Book Review: The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction by Jamie Woodcock and Mark Graham

In The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction, Jamie Woodcock and Mark Graham unpack the ‘how’ of the gig economy through quantative datasets and ethnographic vignettes from countries including the UK, Ghana, South Africa and India. As the study doubles up as a manifesto for the gig economy’s reconstruction, this is an important contribution to the existing literature that provides an excellent summary of existing […]

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    Why it’s wrong to expect science to provide rapid, definitive answers about Covid-19

Why it’s wrong to expect science to provide rapid, definitive answers about Covid-19

People are keen to find out about the latest scientific work on the pandemic – but they do not always understand that research is a slow process and the findings can only be provisional. Zubeyde Demircioğlu says public frustration will lead to distrust and a surge in conspiracy theories unless scientists are clear that, at this early stage, much remains […]

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    This time I’m (not) voting: How campaign factors affect European citizens’ turnout in EP elections

This time I’m (not) voting: How campaign factors affect European citizens’ turnout in EP elections

Turnout in European Parliament elections declined in every vote held between 1979 and 2014. Ahead of the 2019 elections, the EU launched an initiative, ‘This time I’m voting’, in the hope of raising public interest. While turnout did increase in the 2019 contest, it remains an open question as to whether such campaign efforts help mobilise citizens. Drawing on […]

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    How the Rassemblement National is using local government to ‘mainstream’

How the Rassemblement National is using local government to ‘mainstream’

Despite making significant electoral gains over the past decade, the French Rassemblement National remains excluded from power due to its extremist reputation. Examining its showcase town of Hénin-Beaumont, Fred Paxton and Timothy Peace show how the party is using the local level of government to ‘mainstream’ and project a more competent, government-ready image.

Populist radical right parties are increasingly in […]

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    How the UK’s trade deals will impact healthcare access across Europe

How the UK’s trade deals will impact healthcare access across Europe

How might the negotiations over the future UK-EU relationship affect healthcare access? Drawing on a new research briefing, Matt Wood provides a detailed assessment of the impact UK-EU and UK-US trade agreements may have on healthcare across Europe.

Protecting health and healthcare was one of the key issues during the EU referendum in 2016, and now, with the coronavirus crisis […]

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    Economic inequality generates selective solidarity that penalises immigrants

Economic inequality generates selective solidarity that penalises immigrants

What relationship is there between economic inequality, immigration, and public support for redistributive policies? Presenting findings from a new study, Gabriele Magni writes that economic inequality triggers selective solidarity: when inequality is high, individuals grow more supportive of redistribution – but only if redistribution benefits native citizens.

Economic inequality has reached its highest level in thirty years in advanced industrial […]

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    Book Review: The Anthropology of Epidemics by Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris

Book Review: The Anthropology of Epidemics by Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris

In The Anthropology of Epidemics, editors Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris curate a collection that provides insight into how ethnographic studies of epidemics might challenge the central assumptions of not only anthropology, but social theory writ large. The volume offers a rich exploration into how, and to what end, ethnographic attention to epidemics can extend social theory today, writes Sophia Goodfriend.
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