Tag Archives for Politics

What is meant by the centre in political analysis?

Tony Payne

There are good grounds for thinking that the concept rests at heart on an acceptance of what Weber called ‘an ethic of responsibility’ All the talk at the moment is about the centre ground in politics, especially in Britain but also more widely too in other parts of Europe. Conventionally, this is understood as the central part of an ideological … Continue reading

21 October 2015 by
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Event in London: What shapes trends in crime?

The findings of a two-year long research project on crime trends will be presented in London tomorrow (September 18). The  team of academics on the project included Colin Hay, Co-director of SPERI. and Stephen Farrall, Associate Fellow of SPERI, along with colleagues at the University of Southampton. The aim of the project was to to understand the long-term trajectory of crime rates … Continue reading

17 September 2015 by
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Inequality and the electoral system

To understand the relationship between economic and political inequality, look at what campaign professionals do (and don’t do) As Stephanie Mudge pointed out here in February, the rise in economic inequality over the last three decades has corresponded with a decline in voter participation across the OECD nations.  In the United States (and the United Kingdom), the rate of voting … Continue reading

3 April 2014 by
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The joy and the benefit of fieldwork

By actually meeting and listening to people in New York I learnt much about how important the rating agencies were to the financial crisis, and how little has since changed in their world What is it that distinguishes an academic from a school teacher?  For me the defining feature is that we create knowledge.  That can be by reinterpreting a … Continue reading

28 March 2014 by
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Why is political science not in crisis as a result of the crisis?

Mick Moran

Economics is beginning to rethink many of its presuppositions as a consequence of the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely and complacently onwards It is a commonplace that the financial crash of 2007-9 also caused an intellectual crisis in the discipline of Economics.  That sense of crisis has had healthy results: while a minority of economists still maintain the … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by
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Putting the ‘political’ into political economy

Stephanie Mudge

We really should care about how party politics works—or isn’t working—in unsettled times Are mainstream political parties capable of communicating meaningfully with voters and producing fresh thinking in today’s unsettled times? Most of the people I talk to don’t seem to think so. This isn’t necessarily new: political scientists have been commenting on the decline of political parties, and of … Continue reading

11 February 2014 by
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SPERI Paper No.3 is here!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of SPERI Paper No.3 ‘Power, Politics & the City of London: Before & After the Great Crisis’ by Sukhdev Johal, Michael Moran and Karel Williams (University of Manchester). The paper examines the power of finance in the UK in the light of debates about the meaning of power. It distinguishes four faces of power.  Three are drawn … Continue reading

10 July 2013 by
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