News in the departments

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

NATO looks healthier than expected – but trouble is brewing

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Written by Mark Webber, University of Birmingham. While Donald Trump's disdain for the alliance has apparently abated, the future is still disturbing.
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict

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Dr Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Presented his new book (with Philip Roessler) about the outbreak of the Congo War: "Why Comrades go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict" (Hurst and OUP: 2016).
Date:
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Nic Cheeseman's research makes the front pages

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Professor Nic Cheeseman's research on Zambian politics has made headlines around the world. An opinion piece on the danger of democratic backsliding under President Edgar Lungu that was originally published by The Conversation was read by over 55,000 people.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Latest News from INLOGOV

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Latest News from INLOGOV.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

Life as an INLOGOV PhD Student: Bryony Rudkin, Deputy Leader of Ipswich Borough Council

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Bryony Rudkin's doctoral research focuses on the scene of political decision making in English local government and how engaged and responsive politicians are to the communities they represent. Her research is timely, given that it comes at a time when increasingly the reputation, credibility and authenticity of politicians in all its forms is under intense media scrutiny.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Introduction from the Director of INLOGOV, Catherine Mangan

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Welcome to INLOGOV's new-look termly newsletter. We aim to share news on our research, teaching and staffing, and reflect on policy developments and the context for local government.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Update from INLOGOV's Director of Research, Professor Vivien Lowndes

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INLOGOV's research focuses on public services, governance and citizen participation.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Update from Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Karin Bottom

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Dr. Karin Bottom, Director of Teaching and Learning, discusses her role and provides valuable information for prospective students by outlining the range of courses that INLOGOV has to offer.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

Staff Spotlight: Professor Catherine Staite, former Director of INLOGOV and new Director of Public Service Reform

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In this regular feature a member of staff discusses their role within the department. In this edition Professor Catherine Staite talks about her new role as Director of Public Sector Reform, stepping down from her previous role as Director of the department and her involvement in the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

NHS ransomware cyber-attack was preventable

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Written by Conor Deane-McKenna, University of Birmingham. NHS data is being held to ransom by criminals. This the mother of all wake-up calls.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

We need to talk about Zambia as it falls from grace under President Lungu

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

'Strong and Stable' versus 'for the Many not the Few'

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "If May succeeds in winning vast numbers of working class voters over it will be because of her and her alone not because of a wholehearted conversion towards the 'Conservative' brand. As such, if the worst case election scenario for Labour occurs, any talk of their long term future must bear in mind that their popularity could turn around pretty quickly if trust, credibility and competence are restored."
Date:
Thursday 18th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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The Asia Research Group and The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham hosted a workshop (Wednesday 10 May 2017) to examine recent efforts by key Asia-Pacific actors to shape perceptions using multiple instruments of national power, in what has been called the "Grey Zone" between peace and war.
Date:
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Taking a look at the new West Midlands Mayor

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Written by Professor Catherine Staite, Director of Public Sector Reform and Dr Matt Cole, Department of History. "How will we judge success? Soft measures will include the quality of the relationships of trust that he establishes across the region, as well as an increased recognition of him and the Mayoral role and understanding of the added value he brings to solving complex, long-standing social and technical problems."
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Labour's core support schism

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Fewer than half of people who voted Labour in 2010 plan to back the party in June. Written by Matthew Goodwin, Professor of political science at the University of Kent and David Cutts, Professor of political science at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Roundtable on the UK general election

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The first of a series of roundtables organised by the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. The event provides some initial reflections on issues raised in the campaign so far as well as the broader political significance of the election.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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Tsering Topgyal and Julie Gilson, Asia Research Group, Department of Political Science and International Studies, teamed up with Nicholas Wright, ICCS, to bring together Asia-Pacific specialists from around UK to explore issues of trust and perception in the context of power transition in the Asia-Pacific region.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Time for Jimmy Carter to Go Back to North Korea

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ICCS Director Professor Nicholas J Wheeler and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Marcus Holmes draw on their latest research in face-to-face diplomacy to argue a way forward for US foreign policy
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Fieldwork report: Lebanon

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In April 2017, Dr Giuditta Fontana visited Lebanon to interview journalists, museum curators and educationalists in connection with her Leverhulme-funded project.
Date:
Friday 12th May 2017
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