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23
Oct

Professor Gwendolyn Sasse writes on deepening divisions in Ukraine

Posted: 23/10/2014

Gwen Sasse has published a further piece for Carnegie Europe (22 October) on how the upcoming parliamentary elections in Ukraine might only deepen existing divisions.

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21
Oct

Professor Catherine de Vries presented with APSA's Emerging Scholar Award

Posted: 21/10/2014

Congratulations to Catherine de Vries, who has been given the 2014 Emerging Scholar Award by the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association.  She shares this award with Dan Hopkins of Georgetown University.

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20
Oct

Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh on the legend of Napoleon for 'Start The Week'

Posted: 20/10/2014

Sudhir Hazareesingh appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Start The Week' (20 October) in a programme on Napoleon Bonaparte that asks: what was Napoleon's impact during his lifetime, in France and across Europe and how much of this can we see today?

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20
Oct

'When the Party's Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective'

Posted: 20/10/2014

The politics of cutting public spending or raising taxes (or both) has dominated politics in many democracies in recent years. A new era of conflict has developed, with old political alignments being tested and new battles emerging over whose expectations are to be disappointed and who should be blamed for fiscal squeeze.

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14
Oct

Professor Rana Mitter comments on protests in Hong Kong

Posted: 14/10/2014

Rana Mitter was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'PM' programme (29 September) about the current protests in Hong Kong.

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14
Oct

Dr Stephen Fisher interviewed on the next General Election

Posted: 14/10/2014

Stephen Fisher appeared on BBC2's 'Daily Politics' programme (10 October) to talk about his projections for the outcome of the 2015 General Election.

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09
Oct

'International Arbitration and Global Governance: Contending Theories and Evidence'

Posted: 09/10/2014

This book offers a wide-ranging and up-to-date analytical overview of arguments in a vigorous nascent interdisciplinary debate about arbitration courts and their exercise of private governance power in the transnational realm. This debate is generating fascinating new insights into such central topics as legitimacy, constitutional order and justice beyond classical nation state institutions.

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02
Oct

James Painter quoted on how climate change is portrayed on TV news

Posted: 02/10/2014

Television news tends to focus on disasters such as droughts or floods in covering scientific findings about climate change, an approach that may exaggerate pessimism about the subject, according to a new study. The review of coverage by leading television news shows in Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, Germany and India found that they most often framed reports about the science of global warming in terms of crisis.

The report, by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, said disaster scenarios were played up over themes of scientific uncertainty, risks of global warming or opportunities for solving the problems. ‘For television, which is driven by pictures and the need for strong, engaging narratives in a short space of time, disaster-type approaches are going to be very attractive,’ author James Painter told Reuters.

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30
Sep

David Levy and Nic Newman interviewed by Japan Times on the rise of digital news media

Posted: 30/09/2014

Nic Newman and David Levy were interviewed in the Japan Times (17 September) in an article entitled 'No use fighting the tide of online journalism, experts say'.

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29
Sep

Dr Stephen Fisher's research on the Scottish Independence referendum widely quoted

Posted: 29/09/2014

An article on the Reuters website (16 September) about the Scottish referendum included comment from Stephen Fisher, who looked at 16 constitutional referendums held worldwide over the past 40 years and found that in 12 of them, the average ‘yes’ vote reflected in opinion polls was not delivered in the voting booths.  You can read this article here: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/16/uk-scotland-independence-undecideds-idUKKBN0HB1IM20140916

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