"research" blog posts

Opinion: Why the government's race report is deeply flawed

Posted on: 21 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Crumpled paper with the word 'racism' printed on it

Dr Leona Vaughn, Derby Fellow in the politics department, gives her view on the government's recent report into race and racism in the UK.


Your guide to the 2021 local elections in the North West

Posted on: 13 April 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

A silhouette of someone casting a vote

With the 2021 local elections on the horizon, Professor Jon Tonge provides a breakdown of the key events and numbers before ballot-boxes open on Thursday 6 May.


New perspectives on Corbyn and Corbynism

Posted on: 11 February 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally

Alan Bennett uses the character Irwin in The History Boys to argue that “our perspective on the past alters. Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don't see it, and because we don't see it this means that there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian's jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be.”


How Covid-19 has highlighted the value of citizenship

Posted on: 10 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Croatia border with sign telling people to prepare their passports

Mate Subašić is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool. His research is focused on nationalism, identity politics and trans-border groups in South East Europe. Within this blog post he discusses how Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of citizenship within Europe.


Why is the appointment of the next US supreme court judge so important?

Posted on: 15 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Amy Coney-Barrett

The debate continues about Amy Coney Barrett, who has been selected by President Trump as the nominated replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for the role of supreme court judge. We asked politics lecturer, Dr Sean Haughey, to give an explainer as to why the role is such a pivotal appointment in the US and how this relates to the upcoming presidential election.


Department of Politics Graduation 2019 — Social media roundup

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.


What's it like to intern in public affairs?

Posted on: 11 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Two men walking across road in suits

Politics graduate James Maxwell is back to share his experience as a Junior Researcher intern with the RPP Group.


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.


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?


Opinion - Kosovo today: has independence fulfilled the population’s hopes and dreams?

Posted on: 19 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Flags from different countries flying in a city

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.


Top 4 political books of 2017 to help you make sense of today's headlines

Posted on: 19 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

'Fall out' by Time Shipman

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.


Opinion: Why research methods matter

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.


How arts and humanities can be a powerful force in the fight against modern slavery

Posted on: 7 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Two men talking in Ghana

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.


General Election 2017 - viewpoints from our politics experts and students

Posted on: 31 May 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Ballot box

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: