What implications does COVID-19 have for the future of capitalism? In the first of a series of blog posts, Professor David Bates suggests that the current COVID-19 shock is likely to produce a new and increasingly exploitative form of ‘self-regulatory’ capitalism; yet it may also open up a new line of questioning against the current global economic status quo, in which the balance between employers and employees starts to be reset.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate political debate, Dr Paul Anderson examines the intergovernmental interaction between the different governments in the UK, and argues that while tensions may now be appearing concerning lock-down strategies, intergovernmental relations have generally proceeded in the spirit of cooperation with the governments closely working together.
Data and hard facts are increasingly disputed by the media and the government during the coronavirus crisis. Dr Soeren Keil reflects on the never-ending debates about the benefits of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and argues that too narrow a focus on numbers can be dangerous from both scientific and political political perspectives.
Will our experience of reducing our travel during the Covid-19 crisis have a lasting impact on our travel behaviour? Dr Susan Kenyon considers the evidence, before suggesting 7 policy interventions that could support lasting change.
Dr Laura Cashman reflects on our first month of online delivery
Exactly a month ago, on 17 March, the Politics and IR team met for one last hurried lunch-meeting in the Priory Cottages. Then we packed up what we hoped (wrongly!) would be our most useful belongings before the lock down began. Since then we have been grappling with the demands of delivering our teaching alongside the other challenges of living in isolation. Some of us have been ill. Most of us have been simultaneously ‘homeschooling’ our children and caring for vulnerable family members. All of us have faced a steep learning curve as we become familiar with the new forms of technology required to work remotely, teach remotely and communicate with each other.
In the last two weeks, we have seen a dramatic escalation of the coronavirus crisis, particularly in Europe and more recently in the United States. There are also growing worries about the spread of the virus in developing countries, and particularly in parts of the world, which are known for poor health care provisions and their inefficient resilience against wider health crises.
However, when comparing the spread of the virus, and the number of deaths in several countries, some interesting patterns emerge.
The current coronavirus crisis has affected most countries in the world. Many of them have reacted with strict social distancing measures, including curfews, stricter police controls and more executive decision-making.
After the UK General Election that took place yesterday, some member of the POLIR team have shared some preliminary reflections.
In the aftermath of the 2017 general election, Canterbury dominated national headlines. Labour’s Rosie Duffield won a 45% share of the vote, overturning the 30-year dominance of Sir Julian Brazier to become the constituency’s first Labour – and female – MP since it was formed. This was no mean feat, but with a wafer-thin majority of just 187 votes, who will be crowned the constituency’s next MP is no foregone conclusion.
The gauntlet is down. The House of Commons has (finally!) agreed to Boris Johnson’s push for an early general election, backed by most of the other parties in Parliament. On 12 December 2019 – the first winter general election since 1923, – voters will go to the polls in the second snap general election in just over two years.