VIDEO AND PODCAST: Is democracy better in theory than practice?

By Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy,  and Niheer Dasandi, Birmingham Fellow in Politics and Development, International Development Department, University of Birmingham “A lot of the issue is around the expectation that democracy will function perfectly, and actually, it’s never going to do that.” People often argue that democracy has great advantages in theory, such as … Continue reading “VIDEO AND PODCAST: Is democracy better in theory than practice?”

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Undiplomatic Signals

By Professor David Dunn, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham By its very nature, diplomacy involves secret communications, between states, and between envoys and their governments. Indeed the word itself, di-plomacy means a paper folded in two to keep it confidential. It is the embassy’s job … Continue reading “Undiplomatic Signals”

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Making Wise Choices Online: Navigating the Moral Web

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham Last week, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for social media users to engage with ‘truth, kindness and welcome’ when interacting online. The focus on engaging with social media morally and positively, from a prominent religious and political … Continue reading “Making Wise Choices Online: Navigating the Moral Web”

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No better tonic than fresh air?

By Victoria Saunders, Lecturer in Primary Teacher Education School of Education, University of Birmingham I am reflecting on this as I am stood in my street watching my three-year-old daughter attempt to ride her bike. An 8-year-old boy who lives at the top of the road, and who my daughter has never met before, is … Continue reading “No better tonic than fresh air?”

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Is commercialism destroying the ethos of the public sector?

By Catherine Mangan, Director of Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) School of Government & Society, University of Birmingham Sunday 23 June marks the UN Public Service Day, celebrating the value and virtue of public service to the community. On this day, it is important to question whether the concept of a public service ethos … Continue reading “Is commercialism destroying the ethos of the public sector?”

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You, me and those who came before – the role of community in refugee welcome

By Professor Jenny Phillimore, Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham Two years ago, there was much scepticism that community volunteers would be able to provide effective support for the 10,000 refugees arriving in Britain. Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the … Continue reading “You, me and those who came before – the role of community in refugee welcome”

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Trump could learn a lesson or two from Bush on “Fake News”

By Christopher Featherstone, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government & Society, University of Birmingham Fake news, as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, can be “false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke.” … Continue reading “Trump could learn a lesson or two from Bush on “Fake News””

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New Refugee Integration Indicators for the UK and Beyond

By Professor Jenny Phillimore, Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham 2017 saw the highest number of displaced people ever at 68.5m (UNHCR 2018) – therefore it is no surprise that interest in refugee integration continues to increase. The arrival of refugees in Europe in 2015 generated much … Continue reading “New Refugee Integration Indicators for the UK and Beyond”

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What is developmental leadership?

Kyle Smith, DLP and Professor David Hudson, International Development School of Government & Society, University of Birmingham Development and change take more than a leader: it takes organisation, politics, a network and a voice. Political will alone is not enough. Follow Teuila’s journey in creating change. By working with a diverse group of individuals and … Continue reading “What is developmental leadership?”

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What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?

Professor Heather Marquette, International Development School of Government & Society, University of Birmingham Like over 10 million people in the UK, I have been glued to my tv for the past six Sunday evenings for Line of Duty season five. Since 2012, Superintendent Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott from the fictional … Continue reading “What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?”

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