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Posted 20 May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.

Posted 09 May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.

Posted 09 May 2016

Fact Check: does Britain get its way at the European top table?

Chris Grayling and Alan Johnson disagree on whether the UK is on the winning side at the EU Council. Two academics assess who is right. Written by Sara Hagemann, London School of Economics and Political Science. Reviewed by Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.

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Posted 20 May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.

Posted 18 May 2016

Political settlements and public service performance

A conference hosted by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, in partnership with DLP and the Centre for Public Impact, focused on the impact political settlements have on the efficiency of public services. Many of the presentations are now available online.

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Department of Political Science and International Studies

POLSIS News

Posted 20 May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.

Posted 09 May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.

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Institute of Local Government Studies

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Posted 20 May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.

Posted 21 April 2016

Blog: The May local elections: A selection of those in the metropolitan boroughs

Written by Chris Game. Chris Game is 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.

Posted 06 April 2016

Blog: BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES: The dilemma for intervening in tax havens

Written by Dr Philip Whiteman. Dr Philip Whiteman is Teaching Quality Assurance Lead at the School of Government and Society and Director of Education at the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has research interests in the impact of central government and regulators on the role, service delivery and performance of local government and other local bodies.

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