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“Proxy Warfare” By Andrew Mumford

Proxy wars represent a perennial strand in the history of conflict. The appeal of ‘warfare on the cheap’ has proved an irresistible strategic allure for nations through the centuries. However, proxy wars remain a missing link in contemporary war and security studies. In this timely book Andrew Mumford sheds new light on the dynamics and […]

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Major-General Tim Cross on Iraq: How did it get here and where is it going?

Major-General Tim Cross CBE was the most senior British officer in the building of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and now in retirement has become a military logistics expert. Here, Tim Cross gives us an overview of the military operations in Iraq over the last two decades and outlines his thoughts on what the […]

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AILSA MCKAY: 1963-2014

  Ailsa McKay was in the first cohort of students I taught as a novice lecturer at the University of Stirling in the mid-1980s.  Later, she became my first PhD student.   She completed research on her thesis – on a feminist case for a universal basic income – at Nottingham in the late 1990s.  Ailsa […]

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“Revolt on the Right” by Robert Ford and Matthew J. Goodwin.

  The first book to go on the new Ballots and Bullets section – The Bookshelf -, is Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Extremism and Democracy), written by Robert Ford and Matthew J. Goodwin. Published today, Revolt on the Right (which can be followed on Twitter @RevoltonRigh) focused on the UK Independence […]

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Ethnic autonomy in South Asia – a prelude to secession?

  Within South Asia in 2014, the states of Nepal and Burma/Myanmar are currently undergoing constitutional redesign and experiencing demands for recognition of territorially concentrated ethnic groups.  Similar demands are being made in Pakistan, with demands for Seriaki and Hazara speaking provinces receiving more support in recent years.  India is one presidential pen stroke away […]

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Ukraine and the Location of Effective Sovereign Power

  The protests and regime change in Ukraine have clearly captured the global imagination. Although the protests themselves had continued for quite some time, the brutal failed crackdown and sudden fall of President Yanukovich have thrust Ukraine into the spotlight. This post is intended to give a political theorist’s account of what the events can […]

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Polling Observatory 33 (Jan 2014): Public opinion steady through the storms

This is the thirty-third in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling […]

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‘The Good Life’ Factor and the Rise of Margaret Thatcher

During an email exchange with Richard Kelly, Head of Politics at Manchester Grammar School and author of a highly regarded study of how Conservative Party conferences actually work, recalled: ‘Back in 1979, when I was campaigning for the Tories, I remember talking to some party officials about their attempt to sell Margaret Thatcher to a society […]

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6 steps to generating academic impact: luck, The Guardian, and me.

  On 27th December 2013, an article was published by The Guardian entitled ‘Apathetic and disaffected: the generation who may never vote’. To someone who studies the political participation of young people, the article would have been interesting anyway – but this one was particularly exciting (at least to me), because I, and my research, […]

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Seasonal Greetings from Ballots & Bullets

That’s it from Ballots & Bullets for 2013. It’s been a great year here on the blog. We had updates for both the Ballots and the Bullets. This year we launched the Conflict  &  Security section which hosted great pieces that looked at current world affairs as well as at broader theoretical issues (blog-post series on Clausewitz, for example). […]

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