Politics in Action – UWE Bristol

Politics in Action features regular posts by the Politics and International Relations faculty of the University of the West of England, Bristol. Posts explore staff research, innovative teaching methods, and current affairs – with the aim of connecting the academic study of Politics and IR to real world debates at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

The Dilemma of Living in a Complex, Multi-faith Society

To what extent it is permissible for a group in a democratic society to conduct its collective life in accordance with rules which are not fully congruent with the laws of that society?

‘Merkiavelli’ – European Politics in the Real World?

‘Merkiavelli’ – European Politics in the Real World?

The term ‘Merkiavelli’ depicts the political affinity between Machiavelli’s Prince and Angela Merkel. This emerges due to opportunities created by the chaos of the global financial crisis and its repercussions on the Euro.

The Debt Crisis in Jamaica – the Caribbean’s Greece?

The Debt Crisis in Jamaica – the Caribbean’s Greece?

Jamaica is one of the most indebted countries in the world and growth has been sluggish for several years. But, there are hopes that IMF-backed reforms will provide relief.

The People’s Mojahedin of Iran: Facing Death for Their Cause

The People’s Mojahedin of Iran: Facing Death for Their Cause

Whatever one’s attitude towards the politics of The People’s Mojahedin of Iran, it is beyond doubt that they have worked tirelessly for over forty years for democracy in Iran.

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger?

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger?

Although Guyana is the third poorest country in the Americas it has a tremendous stock of natural resources, and there is great hope that Guyana’s economy has reached take-off phase.

What Not to Say

What Not to Say

The potential for hate speech to lead to actual harm provides the best justification for its criminalization. The problem is that it is rarely possible to discern a clear link between a particular speech and harm caused to specific individuals.

Lampedusa and the ‘Crisis’ of Migration

Lampedusa and the ‘Crisis’ of Migration

If the response to migration is for Europe to make its southern border even more dangerous to cross and to detain more migrants in ever more appalling decisions, then we have lurched in the wrong direction.

The Human Right to Health

The Human Right to Health

There are many policy issues at the national and international levels that could be informed by the right to health, but an important one concerns access to health care by irregular migrants.

No New Dawn Likely in US-Iran Relations

No New Dawn Likely in US-Iran Relations

When a reformer from outside the clerical regime speaks about change it will be worth listening to. Until then it is likely that Rouhani is either a wolf in sheep’s clothing or a dupe.

Venezuela and Oil Diplomacy: The End of the Road for Petrocaribe?

Venezuela and Oil Diplomacy: The End of the Road for Petrocaribe?

There has been a concerted effort in post-Chavez Venezuela to reaffirm its commitment to Petrocaribe. However, Venezuela’s economic problems could undermine official policy.

Should We Care That Politicians Do Dirty Things?

Should We Care That Politicians Do Dirty Things?

If the media continues along the path of seeking to punish elected officials for sexual scandals the effect will only be to discourage good people from public service.

Revolutionary Politics in Grenada – A Retrospective

Revolutionary Politics in Grenada – A Retrospective

Almost 30 years ago the US, supported by several countries in the Caribbean, controversially invaded Grenada ending its imported, and largely unloved, Marxist-Leninist political model.

Tax Havens, Transparency, and the G8

Tax Havens, Transparency, and the G8

Widespread criticism of tax havens is now commonplace, having become a hot political issue in Europe and the US with the activities of several large corporations coming under the spotlight.

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