Five Minutes with Chantal Mouffe: “Most countries in Europe are in a post-political situation”

Is there a fundamental lack of choice between centre-left and centre-right parties in European party systems? The EUROPP team spoke to Chantal Mouffe on her theory of ‘post-politics’, the need for political parties to offer a real alternative on European integration, and whether populism can have a positive effect on European democracy. You’ve written extensively about ‘post-politics’. Do you think […]

September 21st, 2013|Interviews|1 Comment|

Five minutes with John Goldthorpe: “More equal mobility chances are unlikely to be achieved without having a generally more equal society”

In this interview, John Goldthorpe questions the consensus amongst economists that social mobility has been in decline in the UK and argues for treating social mobility in terms of class rather than income or earnings.  You have argued that economists’ finding of declining social mobility is open to question. Why is this? The economists’ finding of declining social mobility relates to […]

August 13th, 2013|Interviews|4 Comments|

Five minutes with Mariana Mazzucato: “We have socialised the risk of innovation but privatised the rewards”

The public sector is often seen as sclerotic and conservative in contrast with a dynamic and innovative private sector. This assumption lies at the basis of much of the outsourcing of public services to the private sector. In this interview and her new book, Mariana Mazzucato argues against this assessment and in favour of state-led innovation and economic growth. She […]

The ‘jobs for generals’ scandal highlighted important issues about UK defence procurement

The ‘jobs for generals’ scandal which erupted last October brought public attention to the so-called ‘revolving door’ between the defence sector and the Ministry of Defence in the UK. In this audio extra, BPP Managing Editor Mark Carrigan talks to author and campaigner Andrew Feinstein about the scandal and the broader issues surrounding defence procurement which it highlighted. 

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February 7th, 2013|Interviews|0 Comments|

Five minutes with Colin Crouch: “A post-democratic society is one that continues to have and to use all the institutions of democracy, but in which they increasingly become a formal shell”

While many observers have pointed to signs of malaise within liberal democracies, the political sociologist Colin Crouch has argued that we are in fact witnessing a transition towards a post-democratic society. In this article BPP Managing Editor Mark Carrigan talks to Colin Crouch about his account of post-democracy. In 2004 you offered an analysis of contemporary politics framed around the concept of ‘Post-Democracy’. […]

February 5th, 2013|Interviews|28 Comments|

Five minutes with Noam Chomsky (Part 2): “Europe is pretty much following behind US policy, no matter what that policy is”

The General Assembly of the United Nations has recently voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a non-member observer state. The EU was unable to reach a common position on the issue, with some states voting in favour and others, including Germany and the United Kingdom, abstaining. EUROPP editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson asked Noam Chomsky for his views on […]

December 13th, 2012|Interviews|0 Comments|

Five minutes with Noam Chomsky (Part 1): “Europe’s policies make sense only on one assumption: that the goal is to try and undermine and unravel the welfare state.”

In the first of two interviews with LSE EUROPP editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson, Noam Chomsky discusses technocratic governance in Europe, why the eurozone’s austerity policies are failing to solve the crisis, and the rise of the far-right in countries such as Greece and France. This interview was originally posted on the LSE EUROPP blog What do you think the […]

December 13th, 2012|Interviews|0 Comments|