Latest POLSIS publications show breadth of research
It is the nature of our work in POLSIS that we are often dealing with "crisis" - how to prevent it, how to cope with it, how to rebuild after it - on local, regional, national, and international fronts. In the past 12 months, staff have been confronting a series of issues in articles and monographs, hoping to provide insight and possibly resolutions.
Here's an introductory flavour of what we are doing each day to negotiate “crisis”.
Unsurprisingly, Brexit and the future of the UK and Europe has been a leading topic in this engagement. Charlotte Galpin's book The Euro Crisis and European Identities looks at political discourse in Germany, Ireland, and Poland to consider similarities and differences in how - and whether national populations - perceive problems and what may be done. She has also written on how "How a Post-Brexit World is Imagined Outside the United Kingdom" and the presentation of Brexit in European newspapers.
Beyond Brexit while including it, Peter Burnham has considered the strategies of neo-liberalism, trying to "depoliticize" with the reorganisation of civil society and the state - but still not avoiding crisis - in an article in Participation and Conflict. David Bailey has co-authored "Austerity and Anti-Austerity" in the British Journal of Political Science to evaluate that, contrary to received wisdom, many of the anti-austerity protests since 2010 have had considerable impact upon public policy. Sotirios Zartaloudis has looked at one response between the European Union and member states, combining "Europeanisation" with capitalism through the incorporation of EU principles in Greek and Portuguese labour markets, in the Journal of Common Market Studies.
Tereza Capelos has been prolific in her ongoing work on values and emotions amid crisis. Her latest work considers Brexit and emotions in the “The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press” in International Journal of Communication. She has also critiqued emotions and the financial crisis in Greece for National Identities, examined the relationship of values and radicalisation in “Back to Black: Values, Ideologies, and the Black Box of Political Radicalization” for Science and Society, and interrogated the case of civic engagement, values, and youth in Turkey for Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.
Tim Haughton offers further ideas for consideration about Europe and Brexit Britain through his editing, for the ninth time, of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union.
What can education achieve in helping us cope after "crisis"? Giuditta Fontana addresses the question both in her book Education Policy and Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Societies: Lebanon, Northern Ireland and Macedonia and in her article on educational decentralisation for Third World Thematics.
Rita Floyd interrogates our notions of security in her recent work considering if legal protections against "securitising" a crisis, possibly invoking extraordinary measures against a particular group, are justified in a contribution to Review of International Studies. She also proposes a new standard for the evaluation of solidarist institutions - such as human rights, liberal democracy, and environmental responsibility - to establish if they are intrinsically valuable, through an article in the Journal of International Relations and Development.
On the frontline of international crisis, Nicholas Wheeler has reached general audiences with analysis of the tension over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme in The Diplomat and of Donald Trump's interactions with foreign leaders in a contribution to The Washington Post.
As tensions rise over the clash between states and independent movements in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan, George Kyris offers conclusions from “Europeanisation, Sovereignty and Contested States: The EU in Northern Cyprus and Palestine” in The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
Gerasimos Tsourapas, a leading expert on migration, continues his examination of crisis, humanitarian operations, and international manoeuvres in “Migration Diplomacy in the Global South: Cooperation, Coercion and Issue Linkage in Gaddafi’s Libya” in Third World Quarterly.
Daniele Albertazzi's latest contribution in his ongoing series of publications critiquing populism and whether it constitutes crisis or opportunity is “Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland” in the edited collection, The Populist Radical Right - A Reader.
Stefan Wolff steps back into recent history to consider “Institutional Outcomes of Territorial Contestation: Lessons from Post-Communist Europe, 1989–2012” in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, challenging and revising expectations about the influence of Europeanization, coupled with democratic consolidation, on the accommodation of minority claims.
In another historical review of politics and crisis, Scott Lucas sets out “When Public Opinion Does Not Shape Foreign Policy: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower in the 1956 Presidential Election” in US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy: Candidates, Campaigns, and Global Politics from FDR to Bill Clinton.
Dealing with the everyday of politics rather than crisis, Stephen Bates and Mark Goodwin have looked at the work of Parliament since reforms in 2010, considering “Do UK MPs Engage more with Select Committees since the Wright Reforms?” in Parliamentary Affairs.