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Progressives and the politics of expertise

‘Experts’ have been in the news a lot recently. Prominent Vote Leave campaigners in the run-up to last year’s EU membership referendum, including Michael Gove, suggested that we should reject the views of ‘experts’ who insisted that Brexit would be … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in the Casey Review: How Islamophobia and scaremongering in mainstream British politics enable right wing populism

This morning Dame Louise Casey published the Casey Review, a “review into integration and opportunity”, which was ordered by David Cameron and Theresa May when Cameron was Prime Minister. The review rightly highlights issues of social mobility and gender disparity … Continue reading

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Congress to Campus 2016

It’s that time of year again, when Congress to Campus (C2C) rolls into town, including two DMU events on November 29 and 30. This annual week-long programme consists of two former members of the US Congress (FMCs) visiting a range … Continue reading

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Intra-European migration discourses in the Netherlands

My PhD research is about European free movement. Or about migration. Or mobility. No about both. Since it is about how different authorities talk about free movement, it is about the contested perceptions on free movement, sometimes referred to as … Continue reading

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The Muscles from Brussels

To fully understand what the EU is all about we need to consider the factors that have influenced the outcomes that make the EU what it is today. If we take the example of the initial drive towards European integration … Continue reading

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Where are Europe’s leaders?

It is now eight years since the financial crisis that started in the US and then subsequently spread to Europe. Its impact was particularly felt on Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, with the first initials of these countries being … Continue reading

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Jean Monnet’s contribution to the development of European integration

As I sit writing this blog at the start of the 2016 academic year and with the prospect of a visit of former Members of the European Parliament to the university in a couple of weeks, I am reminded of … Continue reading

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Homelessness and Negotiation in the U.S.A

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” (Emma Lazarus ‘The New Colossus’, … Continue reading

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Roma in the media – social exclusion

Last month I was invited by the British Embassy in Romania to speak at a public human rights debate in Bucharest, on Roma in the media. I talked about a piece of research recently published in the online journal People, … Continue reading

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The Future of British Foreign Policy

For a small island country located off the coast of Europe, Britain has been a central player in international affairs for a longer period of time than most other countries in the world. Britain’s rise to global influence was shaped … Continue reading

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