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Your guide to the 2019 local elections in the North West

Posted on: 18 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

With the 2019 local elections on the horizon, Professor Jon Tonge provides a breakdown of the current state of play before polling stations open on Thursday 2 May.


"Images are powerful" - new exhibition of all 209 female MPs

Posted on: 8 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Priti Patel portrait

Open Eye Gallery's '209 Women' exhibition features new portraits of all women MPs, shot by women photographers. The new exhibition opened in Liverpool on 28 February 2019 and aims to amplify the call for gender equality across all spheres of society. At the launch event, MP Alison McGovern said: \"These images are not only beautiful, they are a political act.\"


BISA South East Europe Working Group Annual Workshop

Posted on: 10 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

BISA conference

The Europe and the World Centre (EWC) was delighted to host the British International Studies Association South East Europe Working Group Annual Workshop at the University of Liverpool in November 2018. The workshop's focus was on External Influences in South East Europe, as PhD student Mate Subasic explains.


Why I no longer view Western political thought as a 'canon'

Posted on: 5 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Audre Lorde illustration

When I started at university in the UK, political theory meant studying a very particular canon, taught by a very particular type of scholar. In recent years, calls for the need to change how we think about and teach international relations and politics have started to gain traction. It is about time.


What are the US midterm elections - and why do they matter?

Posted on: 9 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Capitol building

Politics student, Tom Laing, gives his take on the fall-out from the 2018 midterm elections and the effect the results will have on the Trump Presidency. What does the future hold?


What’s it like to be an intern for a member of parliament?

Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Politics student James Maxwell

Visiting Number 10 Downing Street, supporting an MP at a demonstration and drinking with friends in a beautiful palace!


Political art - what to see at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Posted on: 10 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Biennial guide

More than 40 artists from 22 countries will participate in this year’s Liverpool Biennial which invites artists and audiences to reflect on \"...a world in social, political and economic turmoil\". It's the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK and this year's theme is 'Beautiful world, where are you?'.


Opinion: Why Vladimir Putin cannot ignore Russians’ social rights

Posted on: 20 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Putin at a press conference

What is the role of Russia’s post-communist state in providing housing, healthcare, pensions or social security?


Opinion: Are Jordanian street protests reviving the 'Arab Spring'?

Posted on: 13 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Jordan protests June 2018

Over a week of street protests in Jordan’s main cities have toppled the prime minister and torpedoed an unpopular tax law. We ask Hannes Baumann: Is this a return of the protest wave that marked the 'Arab Spring' of 2011?


Four things to see and do in Liverpool if you're passionate about politics

Posted on: 11 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

With Summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to see and do in the area if you’re passionate about politics, from grand buildings to cool museums:


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