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

Author: Edited by Christopher Hood, David Heald, and Rozana Himaz

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.

Posted: 20/10/2014

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

Author: Walter Mattli

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.

Posted: 09/10/2014

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'The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia'

In the past quarter century, the importance of Asia in international relations has grown exponentially. This Handbook gathers the most important scholars in the field of international relations to address this epochal sea change in world politics.

Posted: 22/09/2014

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'Is the EU Doomed?'

Author: Jan Zielonka

The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship, and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future.

Posted: 04/07/2014

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'Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties'

Author: Nic Cheeseman & Dan Paget

Dr Nic Cheeseman and DPhil candidate Dan Paget are co-authors of a new book entiteld 'Politics Meets Policies: The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties'.  Their analysis, which was based on the collective efforts of a team of four researchers, attempts to explain when parties move from more personality- or ethnically-based politics to more policy or programme-based strategies of mobilising support.

Posted: 10/06/2014

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'Grounds for War: The Evolution of Territorial Conflict'

Author: Dominic D.P. Johnson, Monica Duffy Toft

Dominic Johnson has co-authored a paper for the Winter 2013/14 edition of International Security.

Posted: 28/03/2014

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'Forging a Discipline: A Critical Assessment of Oxford's Development of the Study of Politics and International Relations in Comparative Perspective'

Author: Edited by Christopher Hood, Gillian Peele & Desmond King

Forging a Discipline analyses the growth of the academic discipline of politics and international relations at Oxford University over the last hundred years. This century marked the maturity and professionalisation of social science disciplines such as political science, economics, and sociology in the world's leading universities. The Oxford story of teaching and research in politics provides one case study of this transformation, and the contributors aim to use its specifics better to understand this general process.

Posted: 24/03/2014

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‘Survival Migration: failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement’

Author: Alexander Betts

International treaties, conventions, and organizations to protect refugees were established in the aftermath of World War II to protect people escaping targeted persecution by their own governments. However, the nature of cross-border displacement has transformed dramatically since then. Such threats as environmental change, food insecurity, and generalized violence force massive numbers of people to flee states that are unable or unwilling to ensure their basic rights, as do conditions in failed and fragile states that make possible human rights deprivations. Because these reasons do not meet the legal understanding of persecution, the victims of these circumstances are not usually recognized as "refugees," preventing current institutions from ensuring their protection.

Posted: 10/12/2013

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New Publications by CIS Research Associate Jochen Prantl

CIS Research Associate Jochen Prantl has recently had an edited book titled 'Effective Multilateralism: Through the Looking Glass of East Asia' (St Antony's Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and a journal article titled 'Global Economic Governance in East Asia: Through the Looking Glass of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis' published. The journal article was published in a special issue of the journal Studia Diplomatica (Vol. LXVI-1, 2013), which Jochen also guest edited.

Posted: 02/12/2013

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'Legally Married: Love and Law in the UK and the US'

The Church of England's claim that "marriage has been understood to be, always and exclusively, between a man and a woman" is contestable on a number of grounds.  Debates about marriage have a direct influence on people's everyday lives, and it is a fundamental matter of equality and human rights.  Yet the debates about same-sex marriage in the UK and the US are taking place in an informational vacuum too often filled by emotion and rhetoric.

Posted: 13/11/2013

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