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Politics and International Relations

Breaking union jack flag
by Janice Morphet  |  6th April 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Jess Miles speaks to Janice Morphet about how we see the devolved governments differently because of the pandemic and how central government is using both COVID and Brexit to attempt to recentralise power.…Read more

Protesters holding sign saying 'Women demand equality'
by Frances Galt  |  12th March 2021

Frances Galt, author of 'Women’s Activism Behind the Screens', traces the history of union activity on gender inequality in the film and TV industries and calls on us to learn valuable lessons from the successes of those in the past who fought for gender equality in the film and TV industries.…Read more

Irish flag painted on wood
by Mary P Murphy and John Hogan  |  5th March 2021

Mary C Murphy and John Hogan, editors of 'Policy Analysis in Ireland', consider how austerity since 2008 has deepened public service fault lines exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.…Read more

Small plant held in hands

Following the publication of the government’s Transforming public procurement Green Paper, which aims to speed up and simplify procurement processes, Mark Neild, senior lecturer at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, calls for a radical rethink of public service commissioning to reflect the public’s values, not economic value.…Read more

Fluid abstract blue and pink paint
by Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino  |  1st March 2021

In our second article to mark the special issue of The European Journal of Politics and Gender on new approaches to measuring gender in political science research, Dan Cassino and Yasemin Besen-Cassino outline their research revealing the effect of asking gender-related questions in surveys, and how closely political and gender identity are linked.…Read more

Reaper drone flying over hills

Thomas Waldman, author of ‘Vicarious Warfare’, reviews the factors that have coalesced to make vicarious warfare so alluring to today’s US leaders, and outlines the devastating consequences both for ordinary civilians abroad and for US citizens themselves. …Read more

US Capitol building at dawn
by Stephen Wenham  |  20th January 2021

Stephen Wenham, Publisher for Politics and International Relations at Bristol University Press, recommends books that address some of the international issues that confront the new presidency.…Read more

Hand holding heart
by Terri Givens  |  19th January 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast we speak to Terri Givens, author of 'Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides'. At this crucial moment, as Biden and Harris step into power, Terri explains how radical empathy, achieved through connection and vulnerability, is the path to a point of truth and reconciliation.…Read more

Photo of an iPhone homescreen
by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more

Crowd of pro-Trump protestors at the Capitol Building

Natasha Lindstaedt, author of 'Democratic Decay and Authoritarian Resurgence', explains how Republicans need to more forcefully condemn the violence of the January 6 riots and explain to Trump’s supporters that he lost the election fairly. …Read more