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New article on differentiated asymmetries in US-Latin America relations

Tom Long's latest article, with Sebastián Bitar of Universidad de los Andes, has been published in the journal Revista CIDOB d'affers Internationals, a top Spanish IR journal. Entitled "Del consenso a la complejidad: relaciones interamericanas diversas y en transición" [From the Consensus to complexity: Interamerican Relations, Diverse and in Transition], the article examines the changing panorama of US-Latin American relations. The article is part of a special issue on changing geopolitics as seen from Latin America, edited by Ariel Sribman Mittelman and Mélany Barragán.

Mon 29 Apr 2024, 15:37 | Tags: Research

New Article by Caroline Kuzemko & Ben Clift in New Political Economy

This article analyses the social construction of climate change mitigation as a policy issue at the hands of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), using Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). IPCC models and scenarios, play a key role in constructing and legitimising political visions of pathways towards Net Zero. IPCC scenarios have important and real socio-ecological consequences that are crucial for the politics of tackling climate change, profoundly shaping what are seen as viable futures and mitigation policy options. We problematise five key assumptions that are fed into modelling, showing why and how they matter politically. These contestable assumptions built into IPCC IAMs undermine their credibility and usefulness for planning mitigation strategies. We find that, ironically, although IPCC efforts stress just how urgent political action is, their models and scenarios undervalue today’s actionable mitigation policies, leaving us prisoners of our climate polluting past.

Mon 29 Apr 2024, 15:30 | Tags: Impact PhD Postgraduate Research

VUB and University of Warwick research wins Frank Cass Prize for best article of 2023

A team of political scientists from VUB and the University of Warwick has won the Frank Cass Prize for the best article of 2023. Kamil Bernaerts, affiliated both with the Department of Political Science of the VUB and of the University of Warwick wrote the article “Institutional design and polarization. Do consensus democracies fare better in fighting polarization than majoritarian democracies?” together with Benjamin Blanckaert (VUB) and Didier Caluwaerts (VUB). The article was published in the leading journal Democratization and has made an important contribution to understanding democratisation and political polarisation.

Tue 23 Apr 2024, 09:12 | Tags: Impact PhD Postgraduate Undergraduate Research

New Publication: Joseph Haigh

Joseph Haigh’s article ‘‘Every one (re)membered’: Anxiety, family history, and militarised vicarious identity promotion during Britain’s First World War centenary commemorations’ has just been published open access in the Review of International Studies. The article explores how during the 2014-18 First World War Centenary key national custodians encouraged Britons to emotionally buy into militarised revisionist narratives about the First World War by vicariously identifying with military ancestors. The article can be accessed here

Joe wishes to thank PAIS colleagues who provided invaluable feedback on the paper and guidance on approaching the revisions.

Wed 17 Apr 2024, 16:17 | Tags: Impact Research

Interview with Ben Clift about his recent OUP book

In this interview with faculti, Ben Clift summarises key insights and themes from his recent OUP book about the Office for Budget Responsibility. These include the politics of technocracy, the fiscal politics of tackling climate change, and how the rise of populism threatens the foundations of expert-led economic governance.

Wed 17 Apr 2024, 15:36 | Tags: Impact Research

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