We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 84 UK Politics departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS), research excellence, and graduate prospects.
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented:
“Students and staff in PAIS will be justifiably proud that, for the second year in a row, the Department has been ranked 1st among UK Politics Departments in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This wonderful result underscores that our twinned commitment to viewing students as partners in our education strategy and as beneficiaries of our long-standing research excellence is a winning formula for sustained success. With a renewed focus in 19/20 on employability, internationalisation, widening participation, and equality and diversity – featuring initiatives to deepen our EU partnerships, further liberate the curriculum, and enhance the student voice – this latest league table success is a terrific start to the new academic year. Over the coming weeks my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming all new and returning students to the Department and to driving forward these agendas together.”
Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented:
“This outstanding result is testament to all the brilliant students and staff in PAIS. This league table shows how we are a leader, both within the Russell Group and the sector as a whole, in terms of student experience and teaching quality. It is particularly pleasing to see our results have increased yet further in these categories. I look forward to working with all our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS department goes from strength to strength, combining intellectual stretch and rigour with the highest possible levels of academic support.”
We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.
PAIS academic Gabriel Siles-Brügge recently addressed a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Economics and Security Committee taking place at the Assembly's 65th Annual Session in London on 12 October 2019. Addressing MPs from NATO countries, he spoke about the constraints facing the UK's 'Global Britain' agenda in trade policy, including: uncertainty over the future EU-UK trade relationship; domestic political contention and Executive-legislative tensions and an unfavourable international policy environment in the wake of increasing US unilateralism.
Tom Long published two articles on the regional promotion of democracy in Latin America. Both were written the historian Max Paul Friedman and draw on their recent research. Long and Friedman explore the history of regional efforts to advance and defend democracy, particularly a 1945 proposal called the Larreta Doctrine.
The first new article was published in the policy journal Americas Quarterly. It is titled 'Latin America Already Has a Model to Solve Venezuela."
The second was published in La Diaria in Uruguay, in Spanish: 'Democracia en peligro en América Latina: ¿reanimar la Doctrina Larreta?'
The underlying research was published in the journal Perspectives on Politics. That article, "The Promise of Precommitment in Democracy and Human Rights: The Hopeful, Forgotten Failure of the Larreta Doctrine," is available open access until 1 November here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/perspectives-on-politics/article/promise-of-precommitment-in-democracy-and-human-rights-the-hopeful-forgotten-failure-of-the-larreta-doctrine/61FAF29CE66955B2797DF473A6BED176
New articles on democracy in Latin America
We are delighted to announce that PAIS and the Department of Economics are once again hosting a Warwick Question Time to debate current affairs. It will take place on Wednesday 2nd October, 6-7.30pm, in the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre.
The event is very similar in format to the popular BBC television show, and will form part of our induction activities for PAIS and Economics students to start the new academic year in style and is an excellent opportunity for students to engage with politicians, policy makers and academics on major issues and questions that concern the world.
The panellists will be:
- Rachana Shanbhogue - Business correspondent, The Economist
- Stephen Kinnock MP - Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon and member of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union
- Alicia Kearns - Former Conservative Parliamentary Candidate and expert in National Security and Counter-Terrorism
- Remi Trovo - Year 2, BA Hons Politics and International Studies
- Paula Bejarano Carbo - Year 3, BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics
The panel will be chaired by Professor Chris Anderson, Professor in European Politics and Policy at the European Institute, London School of Economics and a former Professor of Politics and Economics at Warwick.
More details and a registration form can be found here. Please do register ASAP to ensure your place. We look forward to seeing you there!