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Bilateral links in the Channel/Manche area

Christopher Huggins |

Since the late 1980s local and regional authorities in southern England and northern France have co-operated on a bilateral basis. These links differed from the traditional post-war twinning links between cities, towns and other smaller communities. Rather than a narrow focus on civic or cultural exchange each council entered into a co-operation agreement or accord, […]

Day One - UACES 2013

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UACES 43rd Annual conference takes place between 2-4 September 2013 at the University of Leeds. In this post, Andy Morton (University of Leeds), reports from the first day.

Whither will the Europe of Knowledge amidst the Crisis?

ECPR Standing Group |

At the end of the second millennium, the European Union (EU) boldly proclaimed that within a decade it aimed to become the ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’. This ambition and its renewal through the Europe 2020 Strategy have seemingly been forgotten and, indeed, neglected amidst the Crisis. To what extent has […]

Q&A with Tamson Pietsch: How are Empires of Scholars built?

ECPR Standing Group |

A key concept within the Europe of Knowledge is the ‘fifth freedom’ – free movement of knowledge. In this Q&A, we ask Tamson Pietsch, a historian, to tell us about how scholarly networks are built in the British academic world. Q1: What is Empire of Scholars about? At the start of the twenty-first century we […]

Season's greetings

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End of August. Time to update one of my all-time favourite football cartoons. If I remember correctly, it dates from 1992, but it never seems to become obsolete. You just have to update the text of the first three panels of the strip with what you see in the television news, and you can be […]

Why informal grass-root collaboration matters for European research?

Europe of Knowledge |

For the last 30 years European research landscape has been significantly shaped by the EU Framework Programme. At the same time, informal collaboration among researchers outside externally funded projects remains important for creativity and vitality of European research. Increased role of projects: opportunities and threats Since the early professionalisation of the scientific community in the […]

Introducing the European Research Area CRN

ECPR Standing Group |

Hello, hello! We are UACES’s collaborative research network on the European Research Area (welcome to our home). This is our official blog where we discuss all issues concerning the construction of the European knowledge area: from controversies to technical details and thoughtful reflections about current and future developments. This network started as a casual conversation […]

Winter Games Start Early in Russia

PoliticsatSurrey |

A chill wind is blowing through Russia’s relations with the USA (again), with references aplenty to Cold War thinking. Listen to most mainstream media coverage (and Twitter) and you would think that President Obama’s decision today to cancel his one to one with President Putin was all about Russia’s decision to offer Snowden asylum. That […]

Bloom in Bongo-Bongo Land: how did he get to be there?

PoliticsatSurrey |

By sheer coincidence, I was in a position to talk to some UKIP activists yesterday, as the Godfrey Bloom ‘bongo-bongo’ story developed.  I mention this, because a consistent issue for the party (and others) is the charge of media bias (or here, for (lots) more). ‘Let’s get it straight from the horse’s mouth’, was my thinking […]

Can UKIP keep it up?

PoliticsatSurrey |

The summertime is a cruel one for politicians: everyone is focused on their holidays, rather than social justice or market liberalisation. The main political institutions are on a break and the media starts to develop an interest in esoterica. Even the politicians themselves feel that a pause is in order. However, for some that is […]

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