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The Politics of Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

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Darius Ornston The shift to innovation-based competition has rekindled interest in the political economy of cooperation. Scholarly literature frequently characterizes innovation as an interactive process. New technologies, business models and social practices are rarely developed in isolation, but emerge within a dense network of enterprises, sub-contractors, end users and knowledge-generating institutions. But while scholars of […]

Selling UKIP, selling euroscepticism

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Away from the continuing convolutions of David Cameron over immigration policy, there is the more mundane world of day-to-day euroscepticism in the UK. This often passes unremarked,for it is low-level stuff: a conversation here, an online comment there, an allusion somewhere else. Nothing much when taken as individual actions, but a substantial thing when pulled together. This […]

Could sustainable gas as opposed to fracking give Grangemouth a long-term future?

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According to recent reports in the British media, the chemical company Ineos is at the point of investing £640 million in the controversial shale gas extraction process known as fracking. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30125028 and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/20/ineos-founder-wants-shale-gas-revolution-in-uk. The company is hoping to use the gas extracted by this process as a raw material or feedstock for its chemical […]

The gender balance gap between the European Parliament and national parliaments – updated

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In the December 2014 issue of “European Union Politics” there is a  paper by Fortin-Rittberger & Rittberger* titled “Do electoral rules matter? Explaining national differences in women’s representation in the European Parliament“ (an earlier version in open access here). Looking mainly at data from 2009 (and 2004), the key question of their paper is, in my summary: Why […]

Two speeches on Europe, half an idea

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“The Pope’s totally with me on this one” It’s that time of year when people apparently decide they need to talk about ‘Europe’: this week we’ve seen two good examples of why this might not be such a good idea. The first, made by former British agriculture minister, Owen Paterson, to the eurosceptic lobby Business for […]

Home truths for the Home Secretary

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Was the Home Secretary, Theresa May, right to make this statement on today’s Andrew Marr Show on BBC TV? ‘We’ve changed in relation to peoples access to benefits so people can’t come here and start claiming benefits immediately.’ What Theresa May didn’t say is that it’s never been the case that EU migrants can come to the […]

Does UKIP have the brains, bodies and legs to prosper?

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As appears to be usual in these matters, as soon as I am away from my blogging, there’s a whole cavalcade of eurosceptic-ness that appears. Thus I’ve missed out on explaining the joys of the additional UK contribution to the EU’s budget – short version: it’s complicated, but not that complicated – and much of the run-up to today’s […]

Politicians abandon English for Ukipish

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At this week’s by-election in Rochester and Strood the language of politics has once again turned to fear of immigration.  But is it right to blame immigrants who are not the cause of our problems?  Why have leading politicians allowed Ukip to dominate the agenda, rather than saying, “We reject your scapegoating”? Instead, it seems […]

Czech President Pelted with Putrid Eggs

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By James Krotz President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, the notably pro-Russian leader of the Czech government, came under fire in a speech today commemorating the 25 year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that split the Czech Republic and Slovakia peacefully into two sovereign nations; literally.  Protesters who gathered to watch his speech commemorating […]

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