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A Contracorriente     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Acciones e Investigaciones Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 174)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africa Conflict Monitor     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africa Insight     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Africa Institute Occasional Paper     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 6)
Africa Report     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Africa Review : Journal of the African Studies Association of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Africa Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African East-Asian Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Journal of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
African Yearbook of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africanus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Afrika Focus     Open Access  
Afrique contemporaine : La revue de l'Afrique et du développement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Agenda Política     Open Access  
Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Agrarian South : Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademik Yaklaşımlar Dergisi     Open Access  
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
American Enterprise Institute     Free  
American Foreign Policy Interests: The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
American Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 321)
American Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 266)
American Political Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
American Politics Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
American Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Anacronismo e Irrupción     Open Access  
Analecta política     Open Access  
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access  
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Annuaire suisse de politique de développement     Open Access  
Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 37)
Annual Review of Political Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 165)
Anuario Latinoamericano : Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales     Open Access  
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Armed Conflict Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asia Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Asia-Pacific Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Asian Affairs: An American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Asian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Asian Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
AUDEM : The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Journal of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Australian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Austrian Journal of Political Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balcanica Posnaniensia Acta et studia     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of European Studies     Open Access  
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Beleid en Maatschappij     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BMC International Health and Human Rights     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Brazilian Political Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brésil(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
British Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 169)
British Journal of Politics and International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
British Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 48)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal  
Cadernos de Estudos Sociais e Políticos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
CADUS - Revista de Estudos de Política, História e Cultura     Open Access  
Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers de Sciences politiques de l'ULg     Open Access  
Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cambridge Review of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Çanakkale Araştırmaları Türk Yıllığı     Open Access  
Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Central and Eastern European Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Central Asian Affairs     Hybrid Journal  
Central Banking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
China Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
China Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
China Review International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Chinese Journal of Global Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Commonwealth & Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Comparative Political Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 170)
Comparative Politics (Russia)     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Comparative Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Conferences on New Political Economy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Confines     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Conflict Management and Peace Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 375)
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)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
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: 21)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Democrazia e diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Demokratie und Geschichte     Hybrid Journal  
Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Der Donauraum     Hybrid Journal  
Der Staat     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
East European Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Economia Politica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Ecopolítica     Open Access  
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Ekonomi, İşletme, Siyaset ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Dergisi     Open Access  
El Cotidiano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Em Pauta : Teoria Social e Realidade Contemporânea     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Encuentro     Open Access  
Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Equal Opportunities International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Espacios Públicos     Open Access  
Estudios Políticos     Open Access  

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British Politics
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.519
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 14  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1746-918X - ISSN (Online) 1746-9198
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  • The political economy of politics and international studies impact:
           REF2014 case analysis
    • Authors: Claire A. Dunlop
      Pages: 270 - 294
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0084-x
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • The politics of research impact: academic perceptions of the implications
           for research funding, motivation and quality
    • Authors: Jennifer Chubb; Mark S. Reed
      Pages: 295 - 311
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0077-9
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • The higher education impact agenda, scientific realism and policy change:
           the case of electoral integrity in Britain
    • Authors: Toby S. James
      Pages: 312 - 331
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0085-9
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • Critical international relations and the impact agenda
    • Authors: Jan Selby
      Pages: 332 - 347
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0081-0
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • The rise of impact in academia: repackaging a long-standing idea
    • Authors: Sioned Pearce; Dan Evans
      Pages: 348 - 360
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0079-7
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • The impact agenda and the study of British politics
    • Authors: Richard Hayton
      Pages: 361 - 373
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0083-y
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • Impactful scholarship in intelligence: a public policy challenge
    • Authors: Robert Dover; Michael S. Goodman
      Pages: 374 - 391
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0078-8
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • Science diplomacy and transnational governance impact
    • Authors: Timothy Legrand; Diane Stone
      Pages: 392 - 408
      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: 2018-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0082-z
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
       
  • Tales of the unexpected: The selection of British party leaders since 1963
    • Authors: Andrew Denham; Peter Dorey
      Pages: 171 - 194
      Abstract: Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Leader of the Labour Party in 2015 stunned observers and practitioners of British politics alike. In this article, we first outline a theoretical framework that purports to explain why political parties operating in parliamentary systems choose the leaders they do. We then examine 32 leadership successions involving five major British parties since 1963, and note that many of these were unexpected, in that they were triggered by unforeseen circumstances, such as the sudden death or resignation of the incumbent. Examining each party in turn, we briefly explain why the winners won and identify at least eight cases (a quarter of our sample) where a candidate widely expected to prevail at the outset was ultimately defeated by a ‘dark horse’, ‘second favourite’ or even ‘rank outsider’. Of these, Corbyn’s election in 2015 was the most unexpected and, consistent with the findings of studies of party leadership conventions in other parliamentary systems, namely Canada and Spain, suggests that ideological and policy concerns are sometimes more important than considerations of party unity and electability, especially when a leadership contest is dominated by party activists.
      PubDate: 2018-06-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0044-x
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2018)
       
  • England plus' Territory, identity and fiscal devolution in the UK
    • Authors: Mark Sandford; Federico Mor
      Abstract: Few attempts have been made to link the study of recent constitutional and governance changes in the UK with questions of identity and distinction between the UK’s component territories. This article suggests that this is a fruitful way to explore differences in the UK government’s fiscal devolution policy. The article contrasts a traditionally centralist approach to England with a more expansive, innovative approach in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We assemble evidence that neither the aims or the intended outcomes of the policies in the respective areas, nor the exigencies of statecraft, fully account for these differences. This article includes an analysis of the rationales for devolution provided in inception documents for each territory; an analysis of the outcomes of business rate retention in England and an analysis of the difference in handling of implementation challenges in each area. We suggest that exploring deep-laid understanding of UK territory—rarely made explicit in published documents—could serve to fill the gap in explanation. This article contributes to the literature in, and suggests new directions for the study of, devolved and local government’s finance and constitutional development in the UK.
      PubDate: 2018-09-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00100-5
       
  • Disorderly cities and the policy-making field: the 1981 English riots and
           the management of urban decline
    • Authors: Simon Parker; Rowland Atkinson
      Abstract: This article develops a framework for understanding policy-making responses to the crisis of the post-industrial urban economy in Britain through an exploration of the policy event of the 1981 English riots and the policy-making field that surrounded it in which the rival positions of ‘managed decline’ and concerted urban regeneration became reconciled through a roll-out of neoliberal governance mechanisms. The value of this framework for contemporary analyses of urban policy in the context of social marginality and uneven economic development is discussed in the conclusion.
      PubDate: 2018-09-11
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00094-0
       
  • Corbynism and Blue Labour: post-liberalism and national populism in the
           British Labour Party
    • Authors: Matt Bolton; Frederick Harry Pitts
      Abstract: Responding to recent debates, this article challenges the presentation of Corbynism and Blue Labour as competing philosophical tendencies in the contemporary British Labour Party. It does so with reference to their shared mobilisation around post-liberal and national-populist notions of the relationship between nations, states, society, citizens and the outside world, and critiques of capitalism and liberal democracy that they hold in common. Uncovering a largely subterranean ‘critical Marxist’ counterpoint that seeks to ‘hold the centre’ rather than rhetorically or theoretically endorse its destabilisation, the article outlines the other paths available from within the intellectual traditions of the Labour Party and wider left, concluding that there is a real philosophical alternative to both Corbynism and Blue Labour.
      PubDate: 2018-09-04
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00099-9
       
  • UK policy on football supporters’ trusts: a ‘window of opportunity’
           generated and exploited by the co-operative party
    • Authors: Sean Kippin
      Abstract: The Co-operative Party is the independent sister-party of the Labour Party, with which it has had a formal relationship since 1927. Despite achieving consistently high levels of parliamentary representation for a small party, as well as its unusual ‘sister party within the same polity’ status, it has been the subject of little academic attention. This article seeks to better understand the Co-operative Party by asking what influence it had over the 1997–2010 Labour government’s decision to create the organisation Supporters Direct, which provides advice and assistance to football supporters groups in England which aspire to establishing supporters’ trusts as a means of taking a financial stake in their clubs. Utilising Kingdon’s multiple streams approach to analyse the ‘problem’, ‘policy’, and ‘politics’ streams, it makes two core conclusions; (i) that policy entrepreneurs linked to the Co-operative Party were able to decisively influence the policy agenda of the Labour government and; (ii) that they did so without the involvement of Co-operative Party sponsored MPs instead influencing policy in a manner more consistent with an ‘advocacy’ think tank.
      PubDate: 2018-08-29
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00096-y
       
  • The Bank of England, operational independence and the financial crisis
    • Authors: John Evemy
      Abstract: The Bank of England played a key role in the management of the 2007–2008 financial crisis, a decade after being granted independence, and has since become an increasingly powerful monetary and financial actor. However, most accounts of the financial crisis in the UK have tended to approach the management of the crisis in terms of unified state action. This paper argues that this approach is limited as it ignores how the conflicts and tension between the now independent Bank of England and the British government shaped the response to the crisis. It is argued that we need to have a clearer understanding of how states and central banks interrelate in order to understand both the management of the crisis and the implications of the emerging monetary and financial order. Specifically it is argued that central banks and other state agencies engage with finance differently and face different problems in doing so and thus develop potentially conflicting strategies. Central banks, as distinct from other state agencies, should be perceived as key structural actors in order to understand the development of the crisis and the implications of the post-crisis regime.
      PubDate: 2018-08-07
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00097-x
       
  • Using role theory to analyse British military intervention in the Syrian
           civil war during David Cameron’s premiership
    • Authors: James Strong
      Abstract: This article uses role theory to study British military intervention in the Syrian Civil War during David Cameron’s premiership. It attempts to understand the Cameron government’s limited willingness to use force (or willingness to use limited force) in the conflict as a product of role contestation in parliament. By analysing three debates preceding votes on military action in August 2013, September 2014 and December 2015, it shows how MPs debated whether Britain should play three distinct roles—of ‘faithful ally’, ‘responsible great power’ and ‘rule of law state’—and discussed how far fulfilling each role meant being willing to intervene militarily. Their disagreements, the article argues, undermined the coherence of the government’s preferred strategy, but did so without fundamentally delegitimising the idea of using force—hence its constrained commitment to intervention. The article concludes that involving parliament in decisions about military action makes it an important site for domestic role contestation of this sort.
      PubDate: 2018-08-06
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00095-z
       
  • Correction to: Towards a participatory representative democracy' UK
           Parish councils and community engagement
    • Authors: Joanie Willett; Joe Cruxon
      Abstract: In the original article version unfortunately the second author Joe Cruxon was missing. The original article has been corrected.
      PubDate: 2018-07-13
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00092-2
       
  • REF impact and the discipline of politics and international studies
    • Authors: Christopher R. Moran; Christopher S. Browning
      PubDate: 2018-07-12
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0080-1
       
  • Towards a participatory representative democracy' UK Parish councils
           and community engagement
    • Authors: Joanie Willett
      Abstract: This paper considers local democracy in the UK regarding citizen participation and engagement with Town and Parish councils. As the first tier of government and primary access point of democracy in England, Parish councils have the opportunity to be deeply connected and responsive to their communities. However conversely, they are the least democratic of all tiers of government, primarily due to low election turnouts and regular co-option. The paper contributes to a broader literature around improving citizen participation, considering specifically the question of how to encourage stronger engagement in local formal democracy in order to initiate vibrant participatory democracy within local representative structures. We use an innovative qualitative research methodology and a case study of the UK to find that many of the popular perceptions around Town and Parish councils can be traced to issues of communication. Consequently, we argue that engaging a more broader demographic, particularly through the use of new technologies such as social media or mobile phone Applications, may present a way forward to develop a vibrant local democratic sphere.
      PubDate: 2018-06-25
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00090-4
       
  • Deciphering museums, politics and impact
    • Authors: Andrew Hammond
      Abstract: This paper makes a contribution towards deciphering the relationship between museums, politics and impact. I suggest that this is akin to that between three languages in the early 19th century: Greek, Demotic and Hieroglyphs. I argue that museums should be taken much more seriously by the discipline of politics and international relations. This paper begins with an analysis of the REF 2014 Impact Case Studies submitted under the Politics and International Studies Unit of Assessment. Thereafter, it looks at how museums have been examined in the field of politics and international relations. Finally, it outlines some of the benefits and opportunities of scholars in the field engaging with museums in terms of their research, as potential collaborators, and as partners for knowledge transfer and impactful activities—within and outwith the strictures of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF).
      PubDate: 2018-06-22
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0086-8
       
  • Exiting the political stage: exploring the impact on representative
           democracy
    • Authors: Jane Roberts
      Abstract: Political exit is relatively under-researched. This paper examines the experiences of politicians leaving political office through different routes, the impact on individual politicians, their partners and family, and crucially examines the implications for representative democracy. The paper explores the experience of the transition from political office drawing on empirical research in which 41 interviews were conducted with politicians who had left office, either having been defeated or having chosen not to stand again, their partners, and with current politicians about their thinking on their own future exit from office. This paper then focuses on the wider implications of political exit. It argues that the conditions into which politicians are elected and the smoothness or otherwise with which they can leave office have wider implications for representative democracy. It argues that for a healthy, sustainable democracy, the route into and out of political office should be less problematic.
      PubDate: 2018-06-13
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00091-3
       
 
 
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