"politics" blog posts
Posted on: 27 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts
We are sad to report that Professor Fred Ridley OBE died on 17 April 2020. Having studied at the LSE, Paris and Berlin, Fred joined the new Department of Political Theory and Institutions at the University of Liverpool in 1958, a year after it had been established. He remained on the staff until 1995 (and was an honorary fellow from 1995-2005), serving for a remarkable 30 year period as Head of Department. Fred played a central role in the development of political studies in the UK, held numerous appointments in HE nationally and made an immense civic contribution which included a stint as Chair of the Merseyside Manpower Services Commission. He will be very fondly remembered by a lot of people. Our condolences are offered to Fred’s family and friends.
Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts
We got in touch with some of our former students to ask how their degree from the Department of Politics, helped them get to where they are today. History and Politics BA graduate Joseph Howe tells us about how his degree brought him to a career at the House of Commons.
Posted on: 1 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts
Round up, round up it’s time for our list of the best political podcasts to get you started on a journey of political awakening. Let’s be honest you already are but its never a bad thing to be exposed to and understand a variety of different views and opinions. Our list below is a rough guide, there are so any podcasts out there, you just need to find the ones that suit you. So take the first step, or listen, and see what you could learn today.
Posted on: 17 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts
Dr Luca Bernardi (Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool) and Professor Robert Johns (University of Essex) examine the impact of depression on the public's voting decisions, with a particular focus on the 2016 EU Referendum.
Posted on: 19 December 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
We look back on the story of the 2019 General Election results night as told by our staff and students.
Posted on: 21 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
Following what was billed as 'Super Saturday', Dr Andrew Roe-Crines summarises another dramatic day in Parliament and lays out the current situation in the Brexit process.
Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
Welcome Week kicks off on Monday, giving new students the opportunity to get to know their new flatmates, explore Liverpool and settle in before they start lectures. Take a look at our top five tips to help you get started with university life.
"A dramatic shift in constitutional assumptions, political conventions, and the traditional support bases of political parties"
Posted on: 5 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
Dr Andrew Crines, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool, summarises a tumultuous few days in British politics and suggests how the situation may unfold in the coming weeks and months.
Posted on: 22 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
Last week we said goodbye to our Class of 2019 at the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures graduation ceremony as they begin the next step of their journey as University of Liverpool graduates. Check out our roundup of social media messages from the day.
Posted on: 11 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
Politics graduate James Maxwell is back to share his experience as a Junior Researcher intern with the RPP Group.
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.
Posted on: 8 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
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.\"
Posted on: 10 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts
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.
Posted on: 5 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
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.
Posted on: 9 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
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?
Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
Visiting Number 10 Downing Street, supporting an MP at a demonstration and drinking with friends in a beautiful palace!
Posted on: 10 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
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?'.
Posted on: 20 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
What is the role of Russia’s post-communist state in providing housing, healthcare, pensions or social security?
Posted on: 13 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
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?
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:
Posted on: 3 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
In the early hours of 14 April 2018, the militaries of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes against regime targets in Syria. This came as retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in the opposition-controlled enclave of Douma a week earlier.
Posted on: 19 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
Does Russia risk major conflict by fighting wars with private armed forces? Ulrich Petersohn explores the murky world of Russian mercenaries and the risks this brings.
Posted on: 26 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
With local elections for the North West coming up in May, politics expert Jon Tonge gives us his guide to the state of play for this year’s council elections, in comparison to 2014:
Posted on: 1 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
As the government sets out its Brexit vision in a series of speeches by senior ministers, Dr Andrew Crines looks at the rhetorical strategies that could convince a sceptical nation.
Posted on: 19 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
Last weekend, Kosovo-Albanians celebrated the 10th anniversary of their new state’s declaration of independence. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia unilaterally on 17th February 2008, following a decade of practical apartheid in Kosovo from 1989 – 1999 separating Kosovo-Albanians and Kosovo-Serbs, as well as large-scale dismissal of Albanian workers and ethnic cleansing against Kosovo-Albanian civilians.
Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!
Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts
6 February 2018 marks a centenary of the extension of suffrage to some women (and men). Women over 30 who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency, around 8.5 million women, were able to vote after the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Universal suffrage was gained 10 years later in 1928. Celebrating 2018 as the centenary of suffrage must serve as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity and to be mindful of those women we leave behind. With this in mind, we asked our students what suffrage means to them…
Posted on: 19 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
2017 was another tumultuous year in politics. The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on what just happened in Britain and the world. So here is our list of the most exciting political books of the year that will help you make sense of the headlines and what's happening now.
Posted on: 14 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
A few weeks ago I attended a talk during which a number of claims surrounding questions of correlation and causation were made, which suggested a significant link between two factors. However, when I asked for more details about the relationship between the two variables, I was told that these statements were based on assumptions gleaned from engagement with the media - reading articles in the press that suggested that in cases where A occurred, B also occurred. In fact, no quantitative data had been gathered, requested, or analysed.
Posted on: 7 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
As we look towards UN Human Rights Day on 10 December, we spoke to Dr Alex Balch about his research in Sub-Saharan Africa and his hopes for its impact on human rights.
Posted on: 20 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
It's one year since Donald Trump was elected as President to the US. Has the Trump presidency been politics as usual, or are we witnessing a fundamentally new politics under Trump?
Posted on: 18 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
In this blog I’m going to defend the use of rhetoric. Why? The premise is very simple - because we need it.
Posted on: 23 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
Donald Trump has defied expectation by pledging to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan.
Posted on: 31 May 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
What is the background to this snap general election and how will it play out? A lot has changed since the last election in 2015, so we asked Dr. Andrew Crines, one of our British politics experts, to give us his take on the election - along with a student's view:
Posted on: 18 May 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
Fed up of all the repeated rhetoric and relentless soundbites of the General Election campaign? With voter apathy looming over the election, find out our our top five 'facepalm' moments from the campaign trail so far - watch out for sausages, spaniels and slogan bingo...
Posted on: 2 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
A 'Newstweek' hotspot device that can intercept and alter the online articles we read on our mobiles*? A film trailer for a school-yard riot that never happened**? FACT Liverpool's 'How much of this is fiction.' exhibition brings together a wide variety of multi-media artworks that explore 'fake news' and 'post-truth' politics.
Posted on: 6 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts
Political protests play an important role in the democratic process and can help to build solidarity and commitment among those who participate. Attending a demonstration provides very tangible evidence that others hold similar beliefs and ideals and this can be important in building a movement for political change.
Posted on: 19 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
Along with festive classics by Slade and The Pogues, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Merry Xmas (War is Over)' is one of the most familiar of all Christmas pop songs.
Posted on: 9 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
I'm currently in my second year of studying politics and modern history at Liverpool and I've had a great time so far! Here are my top five reasons why...
Posted on: 7 December 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
Tomorrow, former politics student, Pete Cresswell, will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, nearly 47 years after he left here.
Posted on: 3 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
American elections and soundtracks go hand in hand. The tradition of presidential candidates having their own campaign songs goes back to the 1800s.
Posted on: 21 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
How effective are political posters? Do they always get their party's message across and what happens if they backfire? Dr Andrew Crines looks at the rhetoric of some of the UK's most memorable political posters from the last 40 years.
Posted on: 26 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
September was a big month for politics. Not only did we host a live debate for our new students during freshers week, there was also the big question of who would win in the Labour leadership race. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s decisive re-election as Labour leader, we asked Dr Jon Tonge to tell us what he thinks Jeremy Corbyn has achieved so far – and failed to achieve?
Posted on: 20 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
You're a Politics student. You've landed in Liverpool, found your accommodation and are thinking about heading out to explore. Well don't go it alone! Join in with our #PoliticsGo campus treasure hunt on Friday 23 September 2016 and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes.
Posted on: 16 September 2016 | Category: 2016 posts
An open day is a great opportunity to meet with your future lecturers and current students, who can give you a unique insight into your course, the University and Liverpool itself. So here's our handy guide to some of the highlights of our open days - join us on on Saturday 24 September and Saturday 8 October 2016.