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Best Political Podcasts You Should Listen to Right Now!

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.


Depression, status quo bias and the Brexit referendum

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.


Our top revision tips for exam season

Posted on: 6 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

It’s that time of year again. But you’ve got this. Deep breath.


Looking back on the 2019 General Election results night

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.


Day 1214 of the Brexit process – where do we stand today?

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.


Five things to do during Welcome Week

Posted on: 13 September 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Liverpool skyline - photo by Charles Pragnell from Pexels

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.


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:


Brexit rhetoric: How to convince a sceptical public

Posted on: 1 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Boris Johnson

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.