Political Sociology

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    Spontaneous Protest and Urban Injustice in Bucharest after the Colectiv Fire

Spontaneous Protest and Urban Injustice in Bucharest after the Colectiv Fire

The 2010s were characterised by the eruption of apparently spontaneous protest across the globe, tackling issues such as democracy, environment, corruption and other social divides. In this post Thomas O’Brien and Remus Creţan consider 2015 anti-government protests in Romania following a deadly nightclub fire in the capital Bucharest and how these combined spontaneity with the urban form to maximise […]

Book Review: The Politics of Land edited by Tim Bartley

In The Politics of Land, editor Tim Bartley brings together contributors to highlight the significance of the neglected issue of land to political sociology. This is a highly informative volume that explores a range of issues related to the land-politics nexus beyond the top-down understanding of its role in capitalist accumulation with much potential for future sociological research, writes Alexander Dobeson. 
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Economic Inequality in the Islamic Republic of Iran

In this post, Yannick Schwarz explores the entwined nature of economic growth, inequality and poverty in Iran.

The twenty-first century has not exactly been uneventful for Iranians. 2009 saw protest over the surprise re-election of President Ahmadinejad. A ten-year-long painful period of international economic sanctions due to the decision to pursue a nuclear programme only came to an end in 2016 […]

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    Interview: “Fight with hope, fight without hope, but fight absolutely” with Mike Davis

Interview: “Fight with hope, fight without hope, but fight absolutely” with Mike Davis

When in late April Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont a democratic socialist but not a Democrat, announced that he would run for president in the Democratic Party primary no one could imagine the wide social support that he would win during his electoral campaign. If Bernie Sanders wins the Democrats’ nod, it will be the most unexpected result of the […]

Does Language Define Your Identity?

Author’s Note: This post was inspired by an event in which I participated where the majority of people were native Pashtu speakers. The event was conducted in English; had the event been in Pashtu, it would have discouraged me from attending, as, unfortunately, I cannot speak Pashtu. The fact that the event was in English allowed me to partake […]

Marxist Theory and the Greek Crisis

by Riad Azar, doctoral candidate at the LSE


On the 21st of October, 2015, the first of a lecture series on Contemporary Marxist Theory was held at King’s College. The session was titled “Lessons of the Greek Crisis”, given by Stathis Kouvelakis, a Reader in Political Theory and Philosophy, former member of the central committee of Syriza and founding member […]

Political Sociology: a tool to question ideologies

MSc student, Daniela Wulf, discusses why she studies Political Sociology.


My first tentative encounters with politics occurred rather late in my teenage years and consisted of watching political debates on television. They were imposed upon me as a desperate teacher’s measure to fight the acute lack of general knowledge exhibited by his students. Since debates about the latest government policy […]

Successful Societies and “Self, Individualism and Moral Communities under Neo-Liberalism.”

Personal Reflections on Successful Societies meeting, London, January 30-31 2015 by Mike Savage

This blog reports on a fascinating seminar held at the end of January in London, part funded by my ESRC Professorial Fellowship. This seminar was an unusual opportunity to allow interchange between eminent European and North American social scientists to address the relationship between “Self, Individualism and […]

Rising Political Participation: popular or populist?

by PhD Student, Vangelis Georgas


“They call us populists. We are proud of that, and angry too.”
Beppe Grillo, 5 Star Movement’s demonstration in Genoa, December 2013

The 2008 financial crisis and the austerity that is implemented as a policy reaction to it has inaugurated a new era of contention and of increased pressure from below. This is evident not only in […]