PIR Researchers at ECPR Bordeaux 2013

Three members of the Department of Politics and International Relations will be presenting at the European Consortium of Political Research meeting in Bordeaux. They include Giacomo Benedetto, Kaat Smets and Iulia Postu.


Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:13PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment

CEP Researchers presenting at APSA 2013

A number of CEP researchers are presenting papers at this year's American Political Science Assocation Annual Meeting in Chicago.

They include:

Tom Dyson - Germany and CSDP: An Emergent Leader 

Alister Miskimmon - 'A Strategic Narrative of Integration? - The case of the Euro Crisis'.

Lukas Molthof - 'The 'Reluctant Hegemon'? Understanding German Power in the European Union after the Euro crisis'.

James Sloam - APSA Working Group on Young People’s Politics.

Cristian Vaccari - 'An ever-more unequal playing field? Congressional Candidates' Visibility across Earned, Paid, and Digital Media'

Profs Andrew Chadwick and Ben O'loughlin from the Department of Politics and International Relations are also attending. 

Andrew Chadwick - 'Hybrid Media Logics in Political Communication' and speaking on a roundtable on the Politics of Information.

Ben O'Loughlin - 'Measuring persuasion: the life of strategic narrative evaluation models'.


Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 02:32PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment

American Political Science Association Working Group on Young People's Politics, Chicago, 29-31 August 2013

APSA Working Group on Young People’s Politics

13:00-14:30 on 29, 30 and 31 August 2013, Chicago

(Convenors: Peter Levine, Tufts University; James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London)

The political participation of young people in industrialized democracies has changed significantly over the past few decades. Although youth turnout in elections may be declining (or, as in the United States, have flatlined at a relatively low level), there is overwhelming evidence to show that young people are not apathetic. Indeed, it is young people who are diversifying political engagement: from consumer politics, to community campaigns, to international action groups; from the ballot box, to the street, to the Internet. Since the onset of the global financial crisis, we have witnessed a proliferation of youth protest: against authoritarianism (the Arab Spring), corporate greed and economic inequality (Occupy), youth unemployment (the ‘outraged young’ in Spain), and political corruption (the rise of populist parties like the Five-Star Movement in Italy). The international dimension of young people’s politics has also become increasingly apparent through the diffusion ideas and mobilisation from Cairo, to Madrid, to New York, to Istanbul to Rio.

The APSA working group on young people’s politics will explore research on the nature of youth participation from a comparative perspective. To contextualise youth participation, it will also examine how public policy defines young people’s lives in our democracies e.g. through participation (or non-participation) in the labour market or opportunities (or lack of opportunities) for social mobility. Finally, the working group will focus on efforts to strengthen the civic and political engagement of young people (e.g. through civic education or political science education).

The working group sessions will provide an interactive forum for participants to discuss their own research with colleagues working in the same area, to reflect on panels visited by participants at the Annual Meeting (in the first meeting, we will agree on panels to recommend to participants), and discuss the potential for future research collaboration (e.g. conferences, funding, edited volumes) and the establishment of an APSA organised section on young people’s politics. 

Please contact for further information


Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:13AM by Registered CommenterDr James Sloam | CommentsPost a Comment

New Report on Defence and Security implications of an independent Scotland

Dr Mike J. Williams, Reader in International Relations at Royal Holloway, contributed to a report by The Scotland Institute on the defence and security implications of an independent Scotland.

Click here for a copy.

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 01:33PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment

CEP workshop on Youth, Citizenship and Politics last month...


‘Youth, Citizenship and Politics in Europe’


Workshop on 7 February 2013, Royal Holloway (University of London)


Public involvement is a cornerstone of democracy. Yet in almost all established democracies engagement in traditional political institutions has declined in recent decades, leading to what some have seen as a crisis in citizenship. These trends are most striking amongst young people, who have become increasingly alienated from mainstream electoral politics in Europe. Nevertheless, there is overwhelming evidence to show that young people are not apathetic about ‘politics’ – they have their own views and engage in democracy in a wide variety of ways relevant to their everyday lives. Indeed, it is young people themselves who are diversifying political engagement: from consumer politics, to community campaigns, to international networks facilitated by online technology; from the ballot box, to the street, to the Internet; from political parties, to social movements and issue groups, to social networks.


Young Europeans are today faced by a particularly tough environment – austerity budgets that reduce spending on public services (young people are high users of these services) and a hostile labour market for new entrants. The chaos created by the global financial crisis and the European sovereign debt crisis has also revealed a lack of intergenerational solidarity. From worsening levels of child poverty, to the increased use of means-testing for unemployment benefits (young people are much more likely to be unemployed), to cuts in youth services and education budgets, to increased university tuition fees, public policy responses to the financial crises have placed a disproportionate burden on the young.


In this context, the rise and proliferation of protest politics amongst young Europeans is hardly surprising. 2011 was the year that many young people rose up and overthrew their leaders in North Africa and the Middle East (the ‘Arab Spring’). Youth activism also became a major feature of European political landscape: from the Occupy movement against the excesses of global capitalism, to mass demonstrations of the ‘outraged young’ (the ‘indignados’) against political corruption and youth unemployment, to direct action by ‘hactivists’ working for the Anonymous collective.


The workshop will address three main themes in young people’s politics: how young people participate in ‘politics’ (in its broadest sense); why they choose to engage or not engage different modes of political action; and, who participates – rich or poor, well-educated or less well-educated – in this diverse generation. It will also explore ways in which youth participation in democracy might be strengthened within the context of an adverse economic climate.


The main objectives of the workshop are to present full papers that can contribute to a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal on young people’s politics in Europe, and to establish a network of scholars researching in the area of young people/ political participation that can act as a springboard for future funding bids.




Thursday, 7 February: Venue: Large Boardroom, Founder’s Building, Royal Holloway

10:30 – 11:00 Registration/ tea and coffee (outside large boardroom)


11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Introduction: James Sloam (Royal Holloway)


11:15 – 12:45 Panel 1: Young People, Political Community and Collective Action

   Henrik P Bang (University of Copenhagen) Dilemmas of youth participation: between social and political community

   Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway) and Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow) Youth Politics of the New Mass: The Temporalities of Connectivity and Agency


12:45 – 13:30 Lunch (outside large boardroom)


13:30 – 15:15 Panel 2: New Cultures of Engagement

   Elvira Cicognani (University of Bologna) Psychosocial factors in civic and political participation of Italian youth

   Reingard Spannring (University of Innsbruck) Political Cultures: Implications for Leadership and Education

   James Sloam (Royal Holloway) Diversity and Voice: the Political Participation of Young People in the European Union


15:15 – 15:45 Tea and Coffee (outside large boardroom)


15:45 – 17:15 Panel 3: Understanding Young People’s Political Behaviour and Conceptualising Change

   Erik Amna (Örebro University) Beyond ‘political passivity’. Understanding change in youths’ political behavior.

   Anne Muxel (Sciences Po, Paris) Mistrust, intermittent voting, protest: towards a new model of citizenship in advanced democracies


Followed by drinks reception (outside large boardroom)


19:30 Meal for Speakers





Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 02:33PM by Registered CommenterDr James Sloam | CommentsPost a Comment