Nov 17

New Research Output

Rod Rhodes has a new paper out in Public Administration Review on the importance of craft skills for public servants. Citation details are below:


Rhodes, R.A.W. (2015, ahead-of-print), ‘Recovering the Craft of Public Administration’, Public Administration Review, DOI: 10.1111/puar.12504.


Oct 26

C2G2 in the News

Ana Margheritis has been in high demand over the last few days in the lead-up to Argentina’s elections. You can hear her interview with the BBC World Service on Sunday on the audio player above.

You can also hear and read more of her insights at the following links:

FM4, Vienna, 24 October 2015, interview (sound and transcript):

Sunday Express, interview, 25 October 2015

Oct 20

New Research Output

Chris Armstrong has a new paper on global justice and rainforest protection in Political Theory. Key details are below – click the link to read more:

Armstrong, C (2015, ahead-of-print), ‘Fairness, Free-riding and Rainforest Protection’, Political Theory, doi: 10.1177/0090591715594840.

Oct 19

Panel Discussion: Argentina – analysing the results of the General Election

Ana Margheritis will join in a panel discussion hosted by UCL’s Institute of the Americas to assess the implications from the upcoming General Election in Argentina. For details about the event, click here.

Oct 14

Upcoming Conference: Managing Global Migration

Co-leads of C2G2’s Migration and Membership group, Ana Margheritis and David Owen, are organising and appearing at a conference  on Managing Global Migration: New Perspectives from Latin America and Europe.The event is on November 12, and is being hosted by the Institute for Latin American Studies, University of London. Click here to view the full programme.

Oct 12

New Research Output

Ben Saunders has a new paper out early view in Journal of Medicine & Philosophy. Details are:

Saunders, Ben (2015-ahead of print), ‘Procreative Beneficence, Intelligence, and the Optimization Problem’, Journal of Medicine & Philosophy. DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jhv026

Oct 09

ICJR Seminar: The Myth of Mob Rule

ICJR Seminar: Wed, Oct 14th, 4pm, 67/1003 (Southampton Highfield Campus)

Prof Lisa L. Miller, Rutgers University

The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics

Can majorities be entrusted to support rational policy ideas on issues like crime and security? or are they inevitably la bella multorom capitum, the many-headed beast, demanding impulsive, irrational and mercurial policies, even when actual risk is very low? Using the politics of crime and punishment as a lens through which to consider the perennial question of the wisdom of mass publics, I suggest that large publics in modern democracies are far more attuned to real risk than is often imagined and that the range of policies the public will support when issues like crime are politically salient is much broader than scholars assume. Drawing on a larger project comparing the public and political salience of crime across three countries, I illustrate the strong relationship between rates of serious violence and public and political concern about crime, and highlight the importance of political institutions in shaping policy responses, once that concern emerges. In particular, and contrary to much received wisdom, I argue that the most punitive nation in the world — the United States — suffers from a democratic deficit, rather than a democratic surplus, and that it is this deficit that leads to high crime and high rates of imprisonment.

Oct 02

New research outputs

John Boswell and Jack Corbett have a paper out in the latest issue of JEPP on elite cynicism about the policy process. Click on the link below to access one of 50 free prints:

Boswell, J. and Corbett, J. (2015). ‘Stoic democrats? Antipolitics, elite cynicism and the policy process,’ Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (10), 1388-1405, DOI:10.1080/13501763.2015.1010561.


John Boswell also has a new article out with Catherine Settle and Anni Dugdale in the latest issue of Public Management Review on competing claims to the public voice in health policymaking. Click on the link below to access one of 50 free prints:

Boswell, J., Settle, C. and Dugdale, A. (2015). ‘Who speaks, and in what voice? The challenge of engaging the ‘public’ in health policy decision-making,’ Public Management Review, 17 (9), 1358-1374, DOI:10.1080/14719037.2014.943269.

Oct 01

Belize Seminar: Centre for Transnational Studies

The Centre for Transnational Studies has a seminar on the situation in Belize that may be of interest to the C2G2 community. It is from 5-7pm at the Avenue Campus (65/Lecture Rm C). To read the flyer for the event, click here: TNS 7 October 2015.

Sep 28

C2G2 Seminar: Ethnographies of Parliament_Prof Emma Crewe

We are delighted to have Prof. Emma Crewe from SOAS here to kick off the C2G2 seminar series for 2015/16. Her talk will be based on her anthropological studies of the Westminster Parliament (see title and abstract below). The seminar is in the Building 58, Rm 4121 from 12 till  2 on Wednesday. Come and enjoy a buffet lunch and a lively discussion. All welcome.

Ethnographies of Parliament

Emma Crewe, an anthropologist who researches political institutions, has written the first ethnographies of the UK Parliament. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in the UK’s House of Lords and House of Commons between 1998-2013, she will talk about how she conducted these ethnographies and what she found. In both institutions, conflict sits with co-operation; friends and foes argue, perform rituals and create ever-changing hierarchies. This comparative analysis reveals surprising puzzles about how politics is entangled with social relationships in different ways at the two ends of the Palace. She will ask: Why is party discipline so much easier in the Lords than in the Commons; why do women relish the Lords and struggle in the Commons; and how is the process of law-making in the two Houses misunderstood?


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