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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.

Research profile: Professor Paul Jackson

Research profile: Professor Paul Jackson
Description
Paul Jackson is a political economist working predominantly on conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. A core area of interest is decentralisation and governance and it was his extensive experience in Sierra Leone immediately following the war that led him into the area of conflict analysis and security sector reform.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe
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Tim Haughton undertook a research trip during the recent European elections visiting party offices, interviewing politicians and activists and collected campaign material in Central and Eastern Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise
Description
Staff, students and alumni of CREES plus some specially invited guests gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the annual conference of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) in June 2014.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

The Conversation: Bush's folly has left Obama out of options as ISIS surges in Iraq

The Conversation: Bush's folly has left Obama out of options as ISIS surges in Iraq
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Since 2003 (and, really, for years before that) Iraq has become, with only the most fleeting exceptions, a source of nothing but the most exquisitely awful sort of news. But even by its own standards, the events of the past 72 hours have surely exceeded the expectations of even connoisseurs of tactical disaster.
Date:
Monday 16th June 2014

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow
Description
Applications are invited for a ten-month position of Teaching Fellow with the International Development Department.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University
Description
DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University, Australia, this week. On 13 June, DLP's directors, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr David Hudson, will meet with members of La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change to share research findings and plan future collaboration.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it
Description
Written by Chris Game. "Meaningless", "a stitch-up", "a breathtakingly cynical attempt to convey an impression of democratic reform" – this was how Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith reacted to his own government's announcement in the Queen's Speech that ministers would, after all, be introducing a recall of MPs Bill before the 2015 election.
Date:
Tuesday 10th June 2014

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania
Description
Significant improvements to the economy of the Balkans region can be made if the Albanian government invests in a new €350 million road, argues an academic from the University of Birmingham. Dr Gëzim Alpion, Lecturer in Sociology, has instigated a petition for state leaders to meet their election promises and construct a highway linking Tirana with Dibra, one of the most impoverished regions in Albania.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 04. This episode, we talk about the European elections of 22-25 May, which saw record highs for Eurosceptic and populist parties in several countries, including UKIP in the United Kingdom and the National Front in France. We discuss the reasons for this result, the extent to which it represents a Europe-wide backlash against Brussels, and its consequences for European politics.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014

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

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
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Blog: In case you missed it: the Local Government (Independence) Bill

Blog: In case you missed it: the Local Government (Independence) Bill
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Written by Chris Game. It was partly the timing. In combination, the suddenly increased likelihood of both Scottish independence and a Coalition break-up were bound to eclipse last Friday's scheduled Second Reading of the Local Government (Independence) Bill. It was unfortunate, though. After all, local government independence would be a pretty big deal too, wouldn't it?
Date:
09/09/2014

Blog: Councils should have the power NOT to tax supermarkets

Blog: Councils should have the power NOT to tax supermarkets
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Written by Chris Game. There's no shortage of reasons to dislike supermarkets generally and Tesco in particular – their flimsy carrier bags, their irritating BOGOFs and BOGOHOs (Buy One, Get One Half Off), their unpoliced disabled parking bays, their Everyday Value instant coffee granules. Then there are all the economic, environmental and social reasons – the ones understandably more emphasised in Derby City Council's recent proposal that local authorities be given the power to introduce a levy of 8.5% of rateable value on large retail outlets: a supermarket or Tesco tax, as it was instantly labelled by the media.
Date:
01/09/2014

Blog: On Reporting the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Blog: On Reporting the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
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Written by Dr Kamala Imranli-Lowe and Dr Galina Yemelianova. In early August 2014 the British media reported an escalation in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This has brought the conflict, which has been less covered since the cease-fire of May 1994, back to the media's attention. This blog is intended to shed some light on the role of the British, and the wider Western, media in shaping particular attitudes among the public, as well as policy-makers involved in the negotiation process over this conflict.
Date:
18/08/2014

Blog: Predictably Unpredictable: The 2014 parliamentary elections in Slovenia

Blog: Predictably Unpredictable: The 2014 parliamentary elections in Slovenia
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Written by Dr Alenka Krašovec, University of Ljubljana and Dr Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham. Parliamentary elections and party politics in Slovenia are becoming predictable in their unpredictability. For the first two decades of the country's independence party politics was largely stable. True, in the second decade the once mighty force of Slovene politics, Liberal Democracy, saw its support drop, the Social Democrats emerged as a powerful force, but only really for one election in 2008, and there were a stream of new parties...
Date:
28/07/2014