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.

Blog: Local Government Studies – virtual special issue on budgeting

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Written by Alison Gardner & Vivien Lowndes.
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Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Blog: Combined Authorities and Del Boy Devolution

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Written by Chris Game, a Visiting Lecturer at INLOGOV interested in the politics of local government; local elections, electoral reform and other electoral behaviour; party politics; political leadership and management; member-officer relations; central-local relations; use of consumer and opinion research in local government; the modernisation agenda and the implementation of executive local government.
Date:
Monday 29th February 2016

Blog: What Is Going on in Ukraine Now?

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Lance Spencer Davies, a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, provides an update on recent developments in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Date:
Monday 29th February 2016

Explainer: what's at stake in Iran's parliamentary elections

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
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Friday 26th February 2016

The Syria 'ceasefire' deal is no such thing – it's cover for the US and Russia

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
Date:
Friday 26th February 2016

Blog: Neoliberalism and its Forgotten Alternative

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Written by David Ridley is a Doctoral Researcher, POLSIS. Criticisms of neoliberalism are proliferating, not just within the political and academic left, but within mainstream public opinion as well. Everywhere, people are beginning to seriously doubt whether markets will be able to produce another extended period of sustained growth, or whether they will solve the world's current problems or merely exacerbate them. Liberal economists are pointing to the increasing inequality caused by 30 years of neoliberalism in the west.
Date:
Thursday 25th February 2016

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up
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Written by Adnan Saif. Tunisians are marking five years since the culmination of their "Jasmine Revolution". Since its longtime authoritarian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out of office in January 2011, Tunisia has been embarking on a long transition to constitutional democracy – a transition that, although very bumpy at times, has nevertheless led to two successful multi-party elections and a new constitution.
Date:
Friday 19th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Tuesday 16th February 2016

Blog: Local Government Studies – virtual special issue on budgeting

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Written by Peter Matthews, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling. He is a member of the editorial team of Local Government Studies published in association with INLOGOV.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Interpersonal trust as a route to interstate de-escalation

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Last Wednesday in Geneva, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, took a 15-minute walk around the city during bilateral talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Zarif was immediately condemned by Iranian hardliners for connecting with the US Secretary of State in this way.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Blog: Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by David Bailey, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham provides a fascinating insight into how the nature of protest has changed.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Is Trident safe from cyber attack?

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Written by Andrew Futter, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester.
Date:
Monday 8th February 2016

Iowa caucuses: Rubio's the real winner – and the Democrats will stay united

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Republican establishment looks like it has finally found its man.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities
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Written by Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes. At a workshop hosted in December 2015 by City-REDI, INLOGOV, The Public Services Academy at the University of Birmingham practitioners and academics from the world of local government came together to share experiences on the current Combined Authorities and city-region devolution agenda. In the fifth of a series of posts Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes reflect on the day's major talking points.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016
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Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion
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We are pleased to announce that the British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Day on the theme of "Researching Social Inequality Across the Social Sciences: Contemporary Sociological Analyses of Power and Exclusion" will be held at Birmingham this Spring 2016.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'
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On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization
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Following the announcement that Mother Teresa will be canonized during the Vatican's Year of Mercy, Dr Gëzim Alpion, who is considered by critics "the most authoritative English-language author" on the Albanian-born missionary, was interviewed by a number of international media outlets.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016
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