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28 Apr 2020 : Nudging will not redress the inequalities of COVID-19 in Latin America

By Professor Pia Riggirozzi Since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in January 2020 the disease has killed about 200,000 people worldwide (as of 28 April 2020). In this same period, Oxfam reports that over 900 thousand people died from other causes due to lack of access to health care, amongst other socio-political and economic determinants....

Displaced women and girls in Latin America threatened by COVID-19

This article by Professor Pia Riggirozzi, Natalia Cintra and Jean Grugel originally appeared in Open Democracy on the 15th of April 2020. The original version can be found at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/displaced-women-and-girls-latin-america-threatened-covid-19/ Health emergencies exacerbate almost every form of social...

CORONAVIRUS Y EL DESAFÍO PARA LA GOBERNANZA REGIONAL EN AMÉRICA LATINA

This article by Professor Pia Riggirozzi appeared originally on the blog 0f Fundación Carolina on the 30th March 2020 https://www.fundacioncarolina.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AC-12.2020.pdf Introducción  Una de las verdades entre las incertidumbres que provocan las pandemias es que enfermedades de pronta transmisión y largo alcance, como el coronavirus,...

The Sobering Reality of Unpredicted Scenarios: COVID-19, Health and Regional Politics in Latin America

This article by Professor Pia Riggirozzi originally appeared on April 6th 2020 in the United Nations University blog: http://cris.unu.edu/covid19-health-and-politics-latin-america An Epidemic That Challenges Political Scenarios Scenarios are plausible stories that help imagine and forecast future developments. Political scientists have developed scenario-based...

The Right Honourable John Denham joins the department

John Denham and his Centre for English Identity and Politics have joined us from the University of Winchester. John was the Labour MP for Southampton Itchen from 1993-2015 and Secretary of State from 2007-2010. While at Southampton he will continue working on deepening our understanding of English Identity creating opportunities for dialogue that go...

Sino-U.S. geo-political competition, high-tech cold war and their implications for the global financial market

By Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu, Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the University of Southampton.   Dr. Ming-chin Monique Chu, Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton, was invited to take part in a panel debate at Sibos 2019 held in London last week. During the debate, she shed...

‘House effects’ and how to read the polling tea leaves…

Mark Pickup, Will Jennings and Robert Ford We are living through a period of tremendous political uncertainty and volatility. At the time of the European Parliament elections in May – which now seems a lifetime ago – the Conservative and Labour parties contrived to win less than 25% of the vote between them, an all-time low. The ruling party was back...

LIBERAL PACIFICATION AND THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF VIOLENCE

By Ilan Zvi Baron (Durham University), Jonathan Havercroft (University of Southampton), Isaac Kamola (Trinity College), Jonneke Koomen (Willamette College), Alex Prichard (University of Exeter), and Justin Murphy (an Independent Scholar). Note: The authors have just published a related article in the International Studies Quarterly. The link to the...

Venezuela is putting democracy and its legitimacy to test

By Pia Riggirozzi, Professor of Global Politics, University of Southampton   Long before the current crisis in Venezuela, democracy in Latin America was a damaged project. Military coups d’etat and other violent seizures of power in the 1960s and 1970s were followed by weak attempts at redemocratisation. Efforts to institutionalise social rights,...

How can Locke help with today’s crises?

By Dr. Eloise Harding, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton   John Locke might seem like an unlikely historical figure to turn to for help with environmental and social crises: after all, many popular interpretations of his arguments posit him as the theoretical ancestor of unfettered accumulation, dedicated...

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