May 13

Migration@Southampton Research Network Goes Online

The Migration@Southampton Research Network that Dr. Ana Margheritis coordinates since 2014 has an online presence now. This is an interdisciplinary group formed by colleagues and postgraduate students at the School of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences and the Humanities. Their expertise addresses migration-related challenges through world-leading academic research, teaching, advocacy and mutual exchanges with academic and non-academic communities within the university and beyond. Network members have been working on programme development, joint publications, event organization, grant writing and other activities. Find out more about this exciting initiative and related news at

Apr 15

C2G2 Seminar Series kicking off again

The C2G2 seminar series is set to kick off again after the Easter break. Seminars are Wednesday lunchtimes in 58/4121 (unless otherwise specified).  A light lunch is served and all are welcome. As always, there’s an excellent range of speakers and topics. Check out the schedule here.


Apr 12

Upcoming Event: Lecture with John Andrews on foreign policy challenges for Europe and America

C2G2 and PAIR are proud to host a lecture by renowned British journalist John Andrews focused on the foreign policy challenges facing Europe and America. The event will be an entertaining, interesting and interactive look at a highly topical issue – see the abstract below.

The talk will start at 6pm on Monday, April 25, and last about an hour. It will be held in the Murray Building Lecture Theatre (58/1067) on the Highfield Campus. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome, but please register online at:

The Foreign Policy Challenges for Europe and America: are they shared, or at odds?

John Andrews

With an EU referendum looming in Britain, and with Americans preparing to vote on their next president, John Andrews analyses the decisions that will need to be made — for better or worse — in confronting a future certain to be troubled on both sides of the Atlantic. There will be several problems, not least the relationship with Russia, but the most urgent will surely be the rise of Islamist extremism, whose roots can be traced back to the expulsion of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in the 1980s and whose depredations now spur waves of migration that threaten the cohesion of the European Union.


Mar 08

Upcoming ICJR Seminar

ICJR Seminar, Wed. March 16, 4-6pm, Bld. 2 Rm. 3043

Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. How did this come to be? In contrast to conventional wisdom, Peter K. Enns argues that the rise of mass incarceration in the U.S. reflects a political response to rising public punitiveness. The focus on the public’s attitudes toward crime and punishment not only helps explain the policy positions of Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon, but the focus on public opinion helps explain current bipartisan calls for criminal justice reform in the U.S.

Peter Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is also team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on the Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States.
His research focuses on public opinion, representation, mass incarceration, and inequality. Peter also teaches courses on quantitative research methods. Peter’s forthcoming book, Incarceration Nation, (Cambridge University Press) explains why the public became more punitive in the 1960s, 70s, 80, and 90s, and how this increasing punitiveness led to the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.

Mar 04

New research output

Alix Kelso has published a new article in Space Policy examining UK space policy in the context of British astronaut Major Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Click on the DOI below to read it:

  • Kelso, Alix (2016, ahead-of-print). ‘UK space policy and the politics of parliamentary debate’, Space Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2016.02.005.

Mar 04

Call for Papers: Workshop on Ethnographies of Parliament

Ethnographies of Parliament

Research Workshop

September 2017

Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Workshop Directors

Dr Alexandra Kelso (University of Southampton)

Professor Rod Rhodes (University of Southampton and Utrech University)

Ethnography offers remarkably rich opportunities to explore parliaments in terms of the norms, beliefs and practices of those who operate inside them, and to advance our understanding of these institutions and how they are understood, navigated and utilised by political actors. Ethnographic approaches have recently attracted attention from political scholars, such as Rod Rhodes’ (2011) Everyday Life in British Government, while Emma Crewe’s anthropological analyses of the UK parliament (Lords of Parliament (2005); The House of Commons (2015)) demonstrated the value of ethnographic parliamentary research. Such approaches are particularly valuable in advancing interpretive research agendas.

Call for Papers

This two-day workshop will bring together scholars who are analysing parliaments from an ethnographic and interpretive perspective, in order to share our research projects and insights, and identify areas of common collaboration and potential research partnerships.  We invite proposals for papers which:

  • Employ ethnographic approaches, based on researcher participation and observation ‘in the field’. This fieldwork is normally complimented by a potentially diverse range of methods and data sources, such as interviews, documentary analysis, diary analysis, conversation and discourse analysis, etc.
  • Have parliaments and legislatures as their analytical focus. We are eager to include a diverse range of parliamentary institutions, at both national and sub-national level. We seek an international blend of papers, including the UK, Europe and Commonwealth nations.
  • Seek to produce broadly interpretive analyses of parliaments and legislatures, and demonstrate how we can advance our understanding of these institutions by broadening the methodological toolkit which we use.

Workshop Venue and Costs

The workshop will be held at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) in one of the most attractive towns in the Netherlands. Travel is easy via Schiphol, with a short train ride to Utrecht (the train station is inside the airport).

The following costs of participation in the workshop will be covered:

  • travel costs (standard class rail fare; economy class return air travel)
  • two nights hotel accommodation including meals

Workshop Publication and Outputs

The workshop directors will secure either and edited book collection or a journal special issue as a workshop output, and have begun discussions with relevant publishers/editors.

Key deadlines

February 2016             Call for workshop papers opens

31 May 2016               Call for workshop papers closes

20 June 2016               Accepted proposals confirmed

August 2017                Deadline for submission of papers

September 2017          Workshop convenes

31 December 2017      Deadline for submission of revised papers for edited collection

Proposal Submission

Paper proposals of no more than 300 words are invited, and please also include your contact details, institutional affiliation, etc.

Proposals should be sent by email to Dr Alexandra Kelso at no later than 31 May 2016.



Feb 25

New research output

Rich Penny has a new paper out in Res Publica:

– Penny, Richard. 2015. ‘Self-Respect or Self-Delusion? Tomasi and Rawls on the Basic Liberties’, Res Publica

Volume 21, Issue 4 , pp 397-411, doi: 10.1007/s11158-015-9300-3.

Feb 25

New research output

David Owen has a couple of new publications out. See:

– Owen, D. and Smith, G. (2015), Survey Article: Deliberation, Democracy, and the Systemic Turn. Journal of Political Philosophy, 23: 213–234. doi: 10.1111/jopp.12054.

– David Owen: In Loco Civitatis: On the Normative Basis of the Institution of Refugeehood and Responsibilities for Refugees,  in Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership. Edited by Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Feb 09

Grant success!

Prof Rod Rhodes, with colleagues Susan Hodgett (Ulster) and Mark Bevir (Berkeley), has won an AHRC seminar series grant on Blurring Genres. The details are recorded below:

AH/N006712/1 Blurring Genres Network: Recovering the Humanities for Political Science and Area Studies  (with Susan Hodgett, University of Ulster: and Mark Bevir, University of Berkeley). £36,000. January 2016 to September 2017.

This research network will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of experts to explore the ways in which the research methodologies usually associated with the Arts and Humanities are being recovered by political scientists, area studies scholars and policy makers internationally. Five seminars will be held around the UK (at the universities of Southampton, London ( SOAS), Manchester, Ulster, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). There will also be a seminar held at the University of California, Berkeley. Each university, the FCO and the Cabinet Office have committed to contribute to support these events. The outcome of the seminar series will be an edited book by Hodgett and Rhodes.

Feb 01

New Research Output

New PAIR colleague and C2G2 member Raimondas Ibenskas has published an article explaining party mergers in Europe available on early view in The Journal of Politics. Details and a link are below:

Ibenskas, Raimondas (2016, early view). ‘Marriages of Convenience: Explaining Party Mergers in Europe’. The Journal of Politics, doi: 10.1086/683685

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