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Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 383)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
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Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
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Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
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Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
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Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
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  • Brexit and the politics of truth
    • Authors: David Marsh
      Pages: 79 - 89
      Abstract: This paper examines one key aspect of Brexit, the link between Brexit and anti-politics. I shall argue that anti-politics led, in large part, to Brexit, but, crucially, that the latter will increase the former. In my view, anti-politics is rooted in distrust of the political elite and an almost total rejection of the idea, which, historically, was at the core of the British democratic settlement, that ‘government knows best’. This rejection was obviously, to a significant extent, based on successive governments’ failures to deal with complex contemporary problems; for example, climate change and immigration. However, the key point is that, while these issues are very complex, too often, for electoral reasons, governments claim to have ‘answers’. In this sense, they don’t, for various reasons, tell citizens ‘the truth’. In this context, Brexit is likely to make the situation much worse because it was offered as a simple solution to complex problems, problems which clearly it is unlikely to solve (immigration being a prime example). As such, an increase in anti-politics is very likely and this will pose a major threat for the future of democracy in the UK. The first step to address the problem is to recognise its nature, but in the last section of the article I explore possible ways forward.
      PubDate: 2018-04-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0076-x
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2018)
  • All things to all people' Discursive patterns on UK–EU relationship
           in David Cameron’s speeches
    • Authors: Monika Brusenbauch Meislova
      Abstract: The article is based on a core assumption that talking about the relationship between the UK and the EU does not merely describe a given (or envisioned) reality; it also constructs it. As such, it identifies, classifies and examines prevailing discourses used by the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in his speeches from 2010 to 2016, to construct the UK–EU bilateral relationship. Based on a detailed analysis of 60 official speeches, three distinct sub-discourses are identified: (1) integration; (2) differentiation and (3) reform. The article shows that Cameron’s discursive identities and rhetorical positions vis-à-vis the UK–EU relationship differed widely in their assessment of mutual ties/interactions and displayed profound incompatibilities. These largely competing discourses and rival imaginings on the UK–EU bilateral relationship help explain the high degree of ambivalence, paradox and misunderstanding associated with Cameron’s EU policy.
      PubDate: 2018-04-23
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0088-6
  • Understanding the power of the prime minister: structure and agency in
           models of prime ministerial power
    • Authors: Christopher Byrne; Kevin Theakston
      Abstract: Understanding the power of the prime minister is important because of the centrality of the prime minister within the core executive of British government, but existing models of prime ministerial power are unsatisfactory for various reasons. This article makes an original contribution by providing an overview and critique of the dominant models of prime ministerial power, highlighting their largely positivist bent and the related problem of the prevalence of overly parsimonious conceptions of the structural contexts prime ministers face. The central argument the paper makes is that much of the existing literature on prime ministerial power is premised on flawed understandings of the relationship between structure and agency, that this leads to misunderstandings of the real scope of prime ministerial agency, as well as its determinants, and that this can be rectified by adopting a strategic-relational view of structure and agency.
      PubDate: 2018-03-26
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0087-7
  • The political economy of politics and international studies impact:
           REF2014 case analysis
    • Authors: Claire A. Dunlop
      Abstract: Debates about impact and relevance have long been a feature of British politics and international studies. Thanks to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we now have large-scale and comparable empirical evidence to animate and shape these discussions. Here, we present the first systematic analysis of the case studies. Using frequency data, we report the political economy of political science and international studies’ impacts across four broad themes: who has what impact and when; impact’s beneficiaries; impact’s evidence base; and, generating and validating impact. Analytically, we comment on the findings using insights from disciplinary histories and knowledge utilisation literatures. We conclude by discussing the ramifications of our case analysis for the discipline.
      PubDate: 2018-03-23
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0084-x
  • The higher education impact agenda, scientific realism and policy change:
           the case of electoral integrity in Britain
    • Authors: Toby S. James
      Abstract: Pressures have increasingly been put upon social scientists to prove their economic, cultural and social value through ‘impact agendas’ in higher education. There has been little conceptual and empirical discussion of the challenges involved in achieving impact and the dangers of evaluating it, however. This article argues that a realist approach to social science can help to identify some of these key challenges and the institutional incompatibilities between impact regimes and university research in free societies. These incompatibilities are brought out through an autobiographical ‘insider account’ of trying to achieve impact in the field of electoral integrity in Britain. The article argues that there is a more complex relationship between research and the real world which means that the nature of knowledge might change as it becomes known by reflexive agents. Secondly, the researchers are joined into social relations with a variety of actors, including those who might be the object of study in their research. Researchers are often weakly positioned in these relations. Some forms of impact, such as achieving policy change, are therefore exceptionally difficult as they are dependent on other actors. Strategies for trying to achieve impact are drawn out such as collaborating with civil society groups and parliamentarians to lobby for policy change.
      PubDate: 2018-03-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0085-9
  • The politics of research impact: academic perceptions of the implications
           for research funding, motivation and quality
    • Authors: Jennifer Chubb; Mark S. Reed
      Abstract: There is growing interest in demonstrating the societal and economic value of research around the world with the UK and Australia at the forefront of these developments. Characterised as an ‘impact agenda’, impact policies have incited debate amongst the academic community and beyond. On the one hand, the edifying and reinforcing effects of impact can be seen to provide greater visibility about the use of public investment in research, whilst, on the other concerns about the subsequent and unintended effects on the nature and quality of research and research cultures, have contributed to a discourse which was (in the very beginning at least) one dominated by resistance. We draw on a qualitative analysis of interviews with UK and Australian mid-senior career academics (n = 51) which explored academic perceptions for resisting an impact agenda, to describe a range of perceived effects on research funding, motivation and quality. We find a persistent perception that impact favours and prioritises ‘types’ of research, leading to a concern that this will reduce funding for certain disciplines. We also note how academics perceived deleterious effects on motivation, culture, capacity and the quality of research. Where impact was seen to ‘direct’ or ‘drive’ research, we discuss how some academics suggested they would re-orientate their work, often at the expense of quality. Indeed, misconceptions about the very meaning of ‘impact’ appear to persist alongside varied intepretations of impact policies and mixed perceptions about how impact is considered in practice with respect to funding decisions. In addition, we posit that extrinsic motivations for impact are ‘crowding out’ intrinsic motivations of academics, altering perceptions of self-determination. This is further compounded by the growing politicisation of knowledge which in turn creates an ideological barrier to engagement. If impact is to be embraced and sustained at scale, institutions must target and harness a wider range of intrinsic motivations and epistemic responsibilities, improving academics’ abilities to respond to the impact agenda in addition to working with, not against those who create policy.
      PubDate: 2018-03-12
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0077-9
  • Critical international relations and the impact agenda
    • Authors: Jan Selby
      Abstract: How should critical international relations (IR) scholars approach the ‘impact agenda’' While most have been quite resistant to it, I argue in this essay that critical IR should instead embrace the challenge of impact—and that both IR as a field and the impact agenda more broadly would gain greatly from it doing so. I make this case through three steps. I show, firstly, that critical IR has until now been very much at the impact agenda’s margins, and that this situation contrasts strikingly with its well-established importance within IR teaching and research. I argue, secondly, that critical IR scholars both could and should do more impact work—that the current political conjuncture demands it, that many of the standard objections to doing so are misplaced and indeed that ‘critical’ modes of research are in some regards better suited than ‘problem-solving’ ones to generating meaningful change—and offer a series of recommended principles for undertaking critically oriented impact and engagement work. But I also argue, thirdly, that critical social science holds important lessons for the impact agenda, and that future impact assessments need to take these lessons on board—especially if critical IR scholarship is to embrace impact more fully. Critical IR, I submit, should embrace impact; but at the same time, research councils and assessments could do with modifying their approach to it, including by embracing a more critical and political understanding of what impact is and how it is achieved.
      PubDate: 2018-03-07
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0081-0
  • Science diplomacy and transnational governance impact
    • Authors: Timothy Legrand; Diane Stone
      Abstract: Science diplomacy is coming to the fore as a formidable dimension of interstate power relations. As the challenges of the world increasingly transcend borders, so too have researchers and innovators forged international coalitions to resolve global pathologies. In doing so, new channels of influence and opportunity have opened up for states alongside the ‘traditional’ modes of foreign diplomacy. Understanding how these channels influence global socio-economic outcomes is thereby crucial for scholars interested in the still-ambiguous structure and processes of global governance. This article advances understanding of the domains of science diplomacy by drawing attention to the ‘political intercostalities’ of state actors, scientific communities and other transnational actors within the new architectures of global governance. Here we trace the growing array of informal international associations alongside transgovernmental policy networks and ‘global public-policy partnerships’ that deal with highly specialised and technical matters of international policy and how they are drawn into science diplomacy. This article thus presents a research agenda for a particular mode of ‘impact’ in politics and international studies.
      PubDate: 2018-03-07
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0082-z
  • The impact agenda and the study of British politics
    • Authors: Richard Hayton
      Abstract: This article attempts to discern the nature of impact in relation to the British politics sub-field of political studies. It reviews evidence from REF2014 to establish how political scientists working in this area understood and tried to demonstrate impact. It critically appraises how the impact agenda is affecting how research into British politics is prioritised, undertaken and disseminated, and questions whether this is a good thing for the sub-discipline. The implications of this for the shape of British politics research going forward are considered. While welcoming the possibility of a re-centring of scholarly attention on British politics, the article cautions against a retreat to the parameters of the British Political Tradition and the Westminster Model view.
      PubDate: 2018-03-07
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0083-y
  • Impactful scholarship in intelligence: a public policy challenge
    • Authors: Robert Dover; Michael S. Goodman
      Abstract: This paper primarily concerns the potential impact academia can have on the government’s analytical functions and the necessary conditions and hindrances in making such an impact. In doing so, it addresses several important agendas for researchers engaged in the arts, humanities and social sciences aiming to generate ‘research impact’ and policy relevance. Narrowly, this research evaluates the generation of impact with the UK’s government’s central machinery for analysis. It makes this evaluation from primary data derived from several iterations of a research council-funded project, collectively known as ‘Lessons Learned’. The paper also presents an analysis of the business of ‘impact’ and why these activities present enduring challenges to individual scholars, universities and end-users.
      PubDate: 2018-02-28
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0078-8
  • The rise of impact in academia: repackaging a long-standing idea
    • Authors: Sioned Pearce; Dan Evans
      Abstract: Since the Research Excellence Framework of 2014 (REF2014) ‘impact’ has created a conceptual conundrum gradually being pieced together by academics across the Higher Education sector. Emerging narratives and counter-narratives focus upon its role in dictating institutional reputation and funding to universities. However, not only does literature exploring impact, rather than ‘REF2014 impact’ per se, seldom see it as part of a changing sector, but it often also treats it as a new phenomenon within the political and social sciences. Here, we draw upon academic perceptions of impact set in motion in the UK during the 1970s, we critique the underlying assumption that impact is new. We argue three key points to this end. Firstly, contrary to much of the literature examining academic perceptions of impact, it is a long-standing idea. Secondly, within such accounts, the effect of academic research on policy and society (which is long-standing) and the instrumentalisation of impact as a funding requirement (which is relatively new) are conflated. Thirdly, this conflation creates a novelty effect. In the context of a wider sea change to Higher Education, we examine different forms of consent, acceptance, endorsement and resistance surrounding the ‘new’ impact agenda to argue that this ‘novelty effect’ masks an important transitory process of acclimatisation among academics.
      PubDate: 2018-02-23
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0079-7
  • Should unionists support PR' Electoral systems, party systems and
           territorial integration in the United Kingdom
    • Authors: Klaus Stolz
      Abstract: Conventional wisdom has it that the British first-past-the-post electoral system (FPTP) fosters an all-British two-party system which in turn provides territorial integration to a multi-national British state. While the first relationship has been significantly weakened since the early 1970s, the second one lost much of its compelling power at the General Election of 2015. However, as this analysis shows, the integrating function of the British party system has been a myth for quite some time. The FPTP system may have helped to concentrate votes in the two major British parties, yet it has also heavily exaggerated the existing electoral divergence between different parts of the country and has thus contributed considerably to the disintegration of the UK polity. As this effect becomes increasingly obvious, strong commitment to unionist ideology might be expected to induce corresponding support for electoral reform in both the Conservative and the Labour Party. The territorial concentration of their MPs (in part a consequence of this exaggeration), though, means that career self-interest points in the opposite direction.
      PubDate: 2018-02-19
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0075-y
  • The Labour governments 1974–1979: social democracy abandoned'
    • Authors: Max Crook
      Abstract: The driving forces behind the decline of the social democratic postwar consensus in Great Britain is much debated. One prominent school of thought, particularly common in Marxist studies, focuses on the structural changes in the global economy that occurred in the 1970s, specifically the collapse of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates, the end of the long boom, and the emergence of a second age of globalization. Those following a structural approach have found support for their position in the claim that it was the 1974–1979 Labour governments rather than the more ideologically committed 1979–1997 Conservative governments that first responded to the changing global economy by abandoning the social democratic postwar consensus. In this article, I set out to challenge this approach by arguing that the Labour government did not fundamentally abandon the social democratic postwar consensus, and that such an abandonment was highly undesirable given the political make-up of the Labour Party and its reliance on trade union support.
      PubDate: 2018-02-15
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0073-0
  • Misperceiving matters, again: stagnating neoliberalism, Brexit and the
           pathological responses of Britain’s political elite
    • Authors: David J. Bailey
      Abstract: This article locates the Brexit vote in the context of British capitalism’s period of neoliberal stagnation that it entered in 2008, and an associated problem of over-politicisation. For both the Conservative Party and Labour Party leaderships, the attempt to respond to these problems has seen the adoption of contradictory governing strategies, each with associated pathologies. Within the Conservative Party leadership, we witness the adoption of a contradictory anti-immigrant discourse that sought to legitimate a neoliberal programme of austerity and free trade, but which rested upon access to the single European market. With the Labour Party leadership, we saw a strategy that attempted to legitimate its tacit acceptance of the need for austerity, with the promise of promoting “Social Europe” at some unspecified period in the future, despite the fact that “Social Europe” had proven consistently impossible to realise. The contradictory nature of both of these strategies in part explains the unexpected (and unintended) result of the Brexit vote. In response to the Brexit vote, however, and despite the major problems of governance that it has resulted in, the political elite has found it difficult to engage in meaningful reflection or change, instead being more inclined to resort to blame avoidance and confirmation bias, in turn generating further associated pathologies.
      PubDate: 2018-01-18
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0072-1
  • The Brexit referendum: testing the support of elites and their allies for
           democracy; or, racists, bigots and xenophobes, oh my!
    • Authors: Colin Copus
      Abstract: The referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union was the largest exercise in mass public democracy in political history. Yet, the result of that referendum has seen a sustained campaign by remain supporting elite groups and their allies, to undermine, delay and ultimately prevent withdrawal from the European Union. This article explores the reaction of elite groups and their allies to the referendum result for what it tells us about attitudes towards mass democracy, the thin veneer of tolerance of public dissent from perceived elite wisdom, and the way in which elite groups and their allies seek to undermine and delegitimise the result and nature of the majority of voters. The article also explores what the neo-reactionary elite response to the result tells us about relationships between elite groups in a liberal democratic state and whether popular mass democracy will transform into a post-democratic polity.
      PubDate: 2018-01-18
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0070-3
  • Brexit and Scotland: between two unions
    • Authors: Nicola McEwen
      Abstract: This article addresses the territorial dimension of the Brexit referendum and its consequences, especially with respect to devolution and the independence debate within Scotland. The convincing Scottish majority vote for Remain alongside the UK vote to leave the EU has exposed the difficulties in reconciling rival self-determination claims. The Brexit vote has also raised again the issue of Scotland’s place within the UK, and for some justifies reconsideration of the decision the Scottish electorate made to remain within the UK by rejecting independence in 2014. The article considers the explanations for the Remain vote in Scotland, and the reactions of the Scottish and UK Governments to the competing preferences north and south of the border. It argues that the ‘one nation’ nationalist rhetoric of the UK Government in the aftermath of the vote is at odds with the plurinational character of the United Kingdom. It critically examines the effects of the Brexit process to date on the influence and constitutional authority of the devolved institutions, while pointing to the challenges that would confront advocates of independence were that issue to re-emerge as the Brexit process unfolds.
      PubDate: 2017-12-19
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0066-4
  • ‘Brexit means Brexit’: Theresa May and post-referendum British
    • Authors: Nicholas Allen
      Abstract: Theresa May became prime minister in July 2016 as a direct result of the Brexit referendum. This article examines her political inheritance and leadership in the immediate wake of the vote. It analyses the factors that led to her victory in the ensuing Tory leadership contest and explores both the main challenges that confronted her and the main features of her response to them. During her first 9 months in office, May gave effect to the referendum, defined Brexit as entailing Britain’s removal from membership of the European Union’s single market and customs union and sought to reposition her party. However, her failure to secure a majority in the 2017 general election gravely weakened her authority and the viability of her plans. At time of writing, it is unclear how much longer her premiership can last or if she will be able to exercise effective leadership over Brexit.
      PubDate: 2017-11-30
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0067-3
  • Gambling on Europe: David Cameron and the 2016 referendum
    • Authors: Julie Smith
      Abstract: Membership of the European Union has divided British political parties for decades. On taking office, David Cameron hoped to move his Conservative Party beyond the electorally rather unwelcome focus on ‘Europe’. By 2013, he felt the best way to resolve the divisions in his own party was to try to renegotiate the UK’s membership of the EU and hold a referendum on continuing membership. This article argues that the gamble was Cameron’s to lose but that a combination of poor judgement and ill-timing on his part alongside the more potent message of the Leave campaign contributed to precisely the outcome Cameron did not want: he lost office; the country looked set to the leave the EU; and the divisions within his party were far from healed.
      PubDate: 2017-11-28
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0065-5
  • All Brexiteers now' Brexit, the Conservatives and party change
    • Authors: Philip Lynch; Richard Whitaker
      Abstract: The 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU) brought about significant change in the policy and strategy of the Conservative Party. Despite David Cameron’s resignation, these dramatic shifts have not been matched by changes in personnel or dominant faction as MPs who voted Remain continue to outnumber those who voted Leave at the top echelons of the party. 140 Conservative MPs, many with a record of rebellion on EU issues, voted Leave, but among Remain-voting MPs were many ‘reluctant Remainers’. All except Ken Clarke subsequently voted for the Bill triggering Article 50 but, in a party long divided over the EU issue, the institutional support mechanisms underpinning policy change are fragile. Conservative divisions have also changed as soft and hard Brexiteers disagree over the withdrawal process and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. With the Conservatives now a minority government, parliament offers various ways in which MPs can register dissent and influence policy, from amending core Brexit legislation to supporting critical Select Committee reports.
      PubDate: 2017-11-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0064-6
  • Brexit, the left behind and the let down: the political abstraction of
           ‘the economy’ and the UK’s EU referendum
    • Authors: Matthew Watson
      Abstract: UK voters’ decision to overturn the country’s European Union membership has left most parliamentarians looking rather distant from the constituents they represent. The politicians staked much on assuming that people could be persuaded not to sabotage their economic self-interest, but that message conspicuously failed to resonate. When politicians spoke in abstract terms about the needs of ‘the economy’, significant numbers understood this to mean labour market conditions that had personally served them badly. It was commonplace in the immediate aftermath of the referendum to refer to these people as the ‘left behind’. However, they might more usefully be described as the ‘let down’ and, as the 2017 general election results show, they are still a significant if somewhat unpredictable voting constituency. Since the restructuring of the UK economy in line with global competitiveness norms these people have been required to earn their rights as citizens through demonstrating their work readiness. Yet hard work on its own is now no longer sufficient for so many people to receive the rewards promised under the terms of the new social contract. They have been largely abandoned to their fate by the politicians as labour market segmentation has led to a significant expansion of the in-work poor. This constituency voted in large numbers against continued EU membership. This suggests that the referendum result can be seen at least in part as a revolt against the way in which the abstraction of ‘the economy’ has informed UK politics in recent decades. The much lower profile given to this abstraction at the 2017 general election compared to its immediate predecessors indicates that, eighteen months later, on this issue at least we remain in the political rupture caused by the EU referendum result.
      PubDate: 2017-11-07
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0062-8
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