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The latest research news from around the School of Government and Society.

Blog: Time for an end to parent/child relationship with central government and sibling rivalry between local authorities

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Written by Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV.
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Monday 14th March 2016

ICCS at the International Studies Association Annual Convention

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has a strong representation at the International Studies Association annual convention, which runs from 16-19 March in Atlanta, Georgia.
Date:
Friday 11th March 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. A lead poisoning crisis caused by corroded pipes has made Flint, Michigan a symbol of American inequality.
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Wednesday 9th March 2016

Blog: Taking the 'Unintended Consequences' of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again

Blog: Taking the 'Unintended Consequences' of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again
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Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hebert and Rosa Freedman. Haiti has long been described a perennial 'failed state,' a 'basket case' of the Western Hemisphere, where all good development initiatives 'go to die.' Obviously, this semantic severely underplays the international factors in the Haitian failed statebuilding process; but this is to a certain extent beyond the point here.
Date:
Wednesday 9th March 2016

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
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