Exciting new development for our Undergraduate Politics and IR programme: the Creation of a New Undergraduate Dual Degree with Vietnam National University in Hanoi

The School of Politics and International Relations is very happy to announce that it is on its way to create a New Undergraduate Dual Degree with Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi. The project’s title is Internationalising Education for Greater Employability: Developing a Dual Degree between the University of Nottingham and Vietnam National University in …

The Continuing Importance of Regional Parties: The View from Tamil Nadu

Posted in India Votes 2014 The results of the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu showed that regional parties continue to dominate politics in the state.  The headline story is the remarkable victory of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).  The AIADMK won 37 out of 39 seats in the state, beating …

Why UKIP Leader Nigel Farage should be invited to take part in the 2015 leadership debates

Posted in British Politics In the lead up to the 2010 general election, no one would have dreamed of inviting UKIP leader Nigel Farage to participate in the United Kingdom’s first ever televised leadership debates. Having consistently polled less than 5 per cent of the popular vote since the last general election, and without a …

Ethnic autonomy in South Asia – a prelude to secession?

Posted in Asia,Asia and Pacific,Uncategorized   Within South Asia in 2014, the states of Nepal and Burma/Myanmar are currently undergoing constitutional redesign and experiencing demands for recognition of territorially concentrated ethnic groups.  Similar demands are being made in Pakistan, with demands for Seriaki and Hazara speaking provinces receiving more support in recent years.  India is …

My summer in Colombia

Posted in Undergraduate Posts Each year the School of Politics and International Relations allocates funds to help undergraduate and MA students engage in activities beneficial for their intellectual and personal development. Such activities may vary considerably but they must have some direct bearing on their studies. Students have, for example, received financial support to conduct …

Polling Observatory #27: Labour in crisis? Tories resurgent? Not really.

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling …

Czechs and balances: The Bank of England and the Nazi seizure of Czech gold

The publication last week of the Bank of England’s internal ‘war history’ offers a fascinating insight into the workings and ‘mind set’ of one of the key institutions affecting government policy-making between 1939 and 1945. At 1175 pages, the History, can hardly be read in a single sitting, so it is not surprising that attention …

Polling Observatory #26: Politics becalmed as summer approaches

Posted in Polling Observatory This is the twenty-sixth in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and …

Can a politician ever recover from a scandal?

Posted in British Politics Image by Green Alliance Fifty years ago today, John Profumo, a war minister in Harold Macmillan’s Government resigned when he admitted to having lied over his affair with Christine Keeler, a call girl. Looking back, it is remarkable that the resignation of a junior minister over a five week affair that …