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?


Sep 18

Citizens’ Assemblies to debate Britain’s democratic future

Professor Will JenningsDemocracy Matters, a pioneering project to debate Britain’s constitutional future has been launched, with C2G2 playing a leading role in its development. Academics and civil society organisations will bring together citizens and politicians for two pilot Citizens’ Assemblies. Read more about it, including insights from Prof Will Jennings, in a University of Southampton press release here. Alternatively, you can go straight to the project website: http://citizensassembly.co.uk/home-page/Southampton/.

Sep 01

Event: Weekly Seminar Series

We are happy to announce the lineup for C2G2’s weekly seminar series for the coming semester. The series will bring together a mix of established names and up-and-coming researchers across the subfields of politics and IR, and from across the UK and beyond. More details are available by clicking the link here.

Aug 17

Upcoming Conference on Global Migration

This year the Institute for Latin American Studies at the School of Advance Study, University of London, have situated global issues (including migration) at the top of their agenda for debate. They invited Dr. Ana Margheritis to co-organize an interdisciplinary conference with broad aims.

Please find more details in the call for papers and link to webpage below.

Managing Global Migration

New Perspectives from Latin America and Europe

November 12, 2015

Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

This one-day ILAS conference at the University of London will present and debate new research on the multiple ways and means of addressing and managing global migration flows between Latin America and Europe. The conference will move beyond area studies by focusing on two world regions historically linked by human mobility and cultural exchange but now grappling with significant demographic changes and new migration trends.  These changes and trends include the reversal of flows, the greater heterogeneity of migrant groups, the pull of women leaders in family migration projects, the concentration of newcomers in non-traditional destinations, the intensification of dual or multiple engagements in the country of origin and residence, and the development of new forms of citizenship beyond borders.  The aim of the conference is to assess how and to what extent state and non-state actors in both Latin America and Europe are coping with and capitalizing upon the complex and creative implications of these new trends.

We aim to critically address the need to reconcile the political regulation of new trends in human mobility with democratic and multicultural demands for respect of rights and difference. We welcome papers that address this broad scope and aim from a variety of disciplinary, methodological, experiential, and comparative perspectives.  ILAS aims to publish a selection of previously unpublished papers.  Limited funding is available for travel expenses of participants.  Please submit an abstract of 250 words with short bio and contact information by SEPTEMBER 15 to the conference co-organizers:

Dr. Ana Margheritis, University of Southampton


Dr. Mark Thurner, ILAS, University of London


Aug 10

New Research Output

Ben Saunders has a new article on procreative preferences coming out in the September issue of Bioethics. Check it out via the link below:

Ben Saunders, 2015, ‘Why Procreative Preferences May be Moral – And Why it May not Matter if They Aren’t’, Bioethics (29:7).


Jul 15

Rhodes honoured with ECPR Lifetime Achievement Award

CaptureThe recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award was R.A.W Rhodes, Professor of Government (Research) at the University of Southampton and at Griffith University and Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Newcastle. The Jury was composed of Rudy Andeweg, Martin Bull, Manuel Sanchez de Dios and Jonas Tallberg, Chaired by Simona Piattoni.

The Jury noted that it was impressed with Professor Rhodes’ ‘exceptional record in the many areas of the profession: from teaching and publishing to advising and disseminating.’ Going on to say that ‘Few have taught in so many universities, visited at least as many research institutions, collaborated in so many research projects on both sides of the globe and produced so many veritably ‘paradigm-shifting’ authored and edited volumes. The impact of [his] work on the discipline of political science is easily ‘measured’ both by the by now conventional bibliographic indicators and, more impressionistically but equally clearly, by the impact on the work of many of us.’

Professor Rhodes is life Vice-President and former Chair and President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom; a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, editor of Public Administration from 1986 to 2011, and Treasurer of the Australian Political Studies Association, 1994–2011.

The Prize will be presented to Professor Rhodes at the General Conference in Montreal on 27th August 2015.

Jul 01

New research output: Guaranteed rotation in office

In a response note, Ben Saunders critically examines Goodin and Lepora’s notion of ‘Guaranteed Rotation in Office’. Find it at:

– Saunders, Ben (early view) ‘Guaranteed Rotation in Office : A Comment’, The Political Quarterly, DOI: 10.1111/1467-923X.12183.



Jun 26

New Research Output: Collating longitudinal data on crime, victimisation and social attitudes in England and Wales

In a research note published in the British Journal of Criminology, Will Jennings and colleague introduce a new longitudinal dataset on self-reported victimisation – that draws together from the British Crime Survey – and social attitudes on crime and punishment.

Jennings, Will, Gray, Emily, Hay, Colin and Farrall, Stephen (2015) Collating longitudinal data on crime, victimisation and social attitudes in England and Wales: a new resource for exploring long-term trends in crime. British Journal of Criminology (doi:10.1093/bjc/azv006).


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