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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.

Guardian League Tables 2015

Guardian League Tables 2015
Description
In the latest Guardian University Guide 2015 The School of Government and Society performed very well with Politics appearing in the top 5 in the Guardian Politics league table.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd June 2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Social Value Survey Report

INLOGOV briefing paper: Social Value Survey Report
Description
This report outlines the findings of a joint survey (carried out between August to mid October 2013) by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO), the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham on the impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.
Date:
Monday 2nd June 2014

The Conversation: Both Labour and the Tories are pursuing a cynical 15% strategy

The Conversation: Both Labour and the Tories are pursuing a cynical 15% strategy
Description
Written by Chris Game. The "35% strategy" – the idea that a party could win the 2015 general election on 35% of the vote – entered political discourse last year, generally as a Conservative taunt directed at Labour. The 35% comprised Labour's supposed "core vote": the 29% it managed in 2010 and brought it 258 or nearly 40% of Commons seats – plus a guesstimated 6% for Lib Dem defectors.
Date:
Thursday 29th May 2014

The Conversation: NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya

The Conversation: NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. Libya has drifted out of our news recently, swamped and obscured by other conflicts. But the repercussions of the NATO intervention, and the subsequent failure of any credible central government to control the powerful militias, have led to a series of increasingly serious incidents.
Date:
Wednesday 28th May 2014

Ash Green, Professional Development Module - Case Study Birmingham Children's Hospital (2014)

Ash Green, Professional Development Module - Case Study Birmingham Children's Hospital (2014)
Description
Careers Network Professional Development Module - Case Study Birmingham Children's Hospital. BA History and Political Science.
Date:
Tuesday 27th May 2014

Frederick Gulliford, Professional Development Module - Case Study House of Lords (2014)

Frederick Gulliford, Professional Development Module - Case Study House of Lords (2014)
Description
Careers Network Professional Development Module - Case study House of Lords. BA Political Economy.
Date:
Tuesday 27th May 2014

Eveniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Eveniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)
Description
Careers Network Professional Development Module - Case study Chamber of Commerce. BA International Relations with German.
Date:
Tuesday 27th May 2014

Student Exchange and Year Abroad

Student Exchange and Year Abroad
Description
Dr Huw Macartney talks about why you should do a year abroad degree with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. All programmes offered in the POLSIS provide students with the opportunity to develop a broad disciplinary knowledge base and a range of analytical and transferable skills, as well as allowing them to build up expertise in specific areas of political life.
Date:
Tuesday 27th May 2014

The Conversation: 'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues

The Conversation: 'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). With the outright victory of Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential elections on May 25 now confirmed, hopes are running high for a new beginning that will deliver a swift way out of a protracted crisis.
Date:
Monday 26th May 2014

The Conversation: Whoever wins Ukraine election faces an uncertain mandate and no easy path to peace

The Conversation: Whoever wins Ukraine election faces an uncertain mandate and no easy path to peace
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25 were meant to offer the country the beginning of a way out of a protracted crisis. Some of the signs were quite positive. Presidential candidates were stressing the need for unity and dialogue. Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, a powerful tycoon based in eastern Ukraine, took a strong public stance against the separatists there.
Date:
Sunday 25th May 2014

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant woman sentenced to death for apostasy by a Khartoum court, has rightly refocused international attention on the dire state of human rights in Sudan.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: The other pivot to Asia and why success in China is not all it seems for Putin's Russia

The Conversation: The other pivot to Asia and why success in China is not all it seems for Putin's Russia
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. The headline accomplishment of Vladimir Putin's trip to China is hard to deny: a 30-year deal estimated to be worth US$400 billion for Russia to deliver gas to China. But it isn't the unqualified win that Putin's supporters might claim. For Russia has been backed into a corner.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: London aside, Farage's UKIP now has its imprint on England

The Conversation: London aside, Farage's UKIP now has its imprint on England
Description
Written by Chris Game. You'll be expecting, understandably, UKIP stuff – and there will be, but later. These were elections to determine the political and policy control of 161 English local authorities. Working for a department known in the wider world as the Institute of Local Government Studies, it would be inappropriate for me not to look first at those councils where we know control has changed hands, none of which directly involve UKIP – almost inevitably, given its almost baseline starting point.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: Labour should be the biggest local winner – this year anyway

The Conversation: Labour should be the biggest local winner – this year anyway
Description
Written by Chris Game. Two countries have synchronised their EU election and local election dates this cycle: Greece and parts of the UK (England and Northern Ireland).
Date:
Thursday 22nd May 2014

Dr Jeremy Morris shortlisted for prestigious BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography

Dr Jeremy Morris shortlisted for prestigious BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography
Description
You can hear about his nominated article "Beyond coping? Alternatives to consumption within a social network of Russian workers" on BBC Radio 4's website.
Date:
Friday 16th May 2014

Dr Jeremy Morris announced as Visiting Research Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Dr Jeremy Morris announced as Visiting Research Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Description
Jeremy Morris was one of a few outstanding international scholars to be awarded this prestigious appointment for 2014-15, against record competition of 176 applications.
Date:
Friday 16th May 2014

MA Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham

MA Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham
Description
The Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham is seeking to support a one-year MA studentship in the context of the DAAD-funded project: Weltanschauungen: The German Past and the Contemporary World.
Date:
Thursday 15th May 2014

University of Birmingham and IPEG workshop: Global Economic Crisis - Which economy and what crisis? An exploration of alternative frameworks

University of Birmingham and IPEG workshop: Global Economic Crisis - Which economy and what crisis? An exploration of alternative frameworks
Description
This workshop (Wednesday 02 April 2014) was set up with the aim of facilitating discussion across different critical approaches to political economy, to develop and clarify the conceptual assumptions that alternative positions have and hence to sharpen our understanding of similarities and substantive differences. The aim was to initiate a research project that moved beyond the current situation of 'parallel conversations' and begins a more systematic understanding and synthesis of political economic approaches to the global financial crisis.
Date:
Tuesday 13th May 2014

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)
Description
I never dreamt that I would be involved in major reforms in countries as diverse as Indonesia, Slovakia and Ukraine. My time at Birmingham has been rich in opportunity and experience and rich in the friendship of likeminded colleagues both here and abroad.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)
Description
Perhaps it was unusual but nevertheless at Birmingham University, in my time, I cross-read between several disciplines. At INLOGOV, my Master's degree (1970-71) permitted me to study not only UK central and local government, but also administration in developing countries. In addition, I read aspects of social policy and social administration in another department.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014
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Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase
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Date:
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Blog: What happened to the NOC councils after the May elections: a moan and a puff
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Date:
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Blog: Politics shape services; and services shape politics

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Written by Professor Richard Batley. In governance circles, service delivery is often discussed as if it raised common issues across service sectors as diverse as health, education, water and sanitation. Yet within sectors, debates about governance issues are quite distinct.
Date:
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Date:
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