Monday, 25 June 2012

2012 Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture by Jean Seaton

The 2012 Ben Pimlott Memorial lecture by Jean Seaton will take place at 6pm on Thursday 5th July in the Beveridge Hall of Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E.

In honour of the late Ben Pimlott, Twentieth Century British History, the Centre for Contemporary British History, and Oxford Journals have established this annual lecture series. This year's lecture will be delivered by Jean Seaton on; The BBC and National Life: The 'Insider' or 'Outsider'? The corporation during the 1970s and 80s.

We very much hope to see as many of you there as possible for the lecture and reception. All welcome so please do share this invitation. Admission is free just RSVP to Katriona Lewis

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Award for PQ piece by Andy Mycock and Jon Tonge

Jon Tonge
Andy Mycock (right)

Congratulations to Dr Andy Mycock (Huddersfield) and Professor Jon Tonge (Liverpool) who have just been awarded a CiCea award for their article 'A Big Idea for the Big Society - The Advent of National Citizen Service' which appeared in issue 82 1 of the Political Quarterly. You can read more about the award here and read the article here.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A farewell to Andrew

Cartoon by Martin Rowson as a retirement gift
Gamble by Rowson
Last month, we said farewell to Andrew Gamble who had been co-editor on the journal since 1997. To show our appreciation for all he has done for PQ over the last fifteen years, he was presented with a cartoon from cartoonist Martin Rowson. In the background you can see fellow co-editor Tony Wright and also Bernard Crick looking on.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Northern Ireland Peace Process in an Age of Austerity

Volume 83: Issue 2 (pages 203–209)

The steady drip of dissident Republican attacks forms the backdrop to this special issue of Political Quarterly. Moreover, this comes at a time of economic austerity, when Northern Ireland faces unprecedented cuts to its public sector-dominated economy. The economic crisis in the South adds an additional layer of uncertainty to the picture. In the past, economic deprivation has been associated with conflict in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.

Might the peace dividend and constitutional settlement which have underpinned the Northern Ireland ‘miracle’ since 1994 be under threat? Or is there now sufficient momentum in both of Northern Ireland's main ethnic communities that such an outcome can be safely averted? This paper summarises the thinking of our symposium and special issue on this topic, updating our picture of the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Shami Chakrabarti's 2012 lecture

New Labour arguably left Britain more comfortable in its diversity and better protected by anti-discrimination law. Equal treatment for gay people advanced significantly and the Human Rights Act provides a modern Bill of Rights for everyone in the Kingdom. Curiously however, parallel laws dishonoured these values in thought, word and deed. Home affairs hyperactivity left ours a less friendly country in which to seek asylum, dissent or even be young...