11 Contemporary developments in political space in France Robert Andersen and Jocelyn A. J. Evans System context Contemporary developments in political space Introduction The emphasis of the book thus far has been on individual parties and coalitions. Nonetheless, the demand side of the equation also provides an important context to party success because it helps define the political space in which parties must compete for voters. In this chapter, then, we focus on French political space over the last fifteen years as defined by the socio-demographic and

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Ferdinand de Saussure’s arguments in order to offer some thoughts on the role of naming in relation to the Kosovo conflict. Naming concerns the relationship of language and reality. Using Jacques Derrida’s thought, the second section argues that the idea of the existence of a reality, which constrains our actions, is itself a representation, which has political implications. The third section explores how

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Issues concerning women The environment 120 9 ➤ The background and origins of the environment as a political issue ➤ A review of the ways in which the environment became a more prominent issue ➤ Description and assessment of New Labour environmental policies after 1997 DEFINING THE TERM ‘ENVIRONMENT’ The term ‘environment’ is a broad one and we need first to establish which aspects are covered here. For the purposes of this chapter, we will recognise the following meanings. ● Matters concerning the physical environment, including air and water quality

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Ash dieback and plant biosecurity in Britain

11 Monstrous materialities: ash dieback and plant biosecurity in Britain Judith Tsouvalis The aim of the edited volume Science and the politics of openness is to raise awareness of the double-sided controversial nature of initiatives aimed at improving relations between science, policymaking, politics and publics. Efforts have been made to strengthen public trust in expert knowledge. These include dialogues organised between scientists and concerned publics on contentious, ethically complex issues, inviting specific publics to help decide the trajectories of

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.indd 73 22/02/2019 08:34 74 change and the politics of certainty form ‘state humanitarianism’. What has been lost, he claims, is what humanitarianism can contribute that nothing else can: a concern for human dignity and direct acts of solidarity and sympathy with those suffering oppression. An increase in talk of humanitarian norms has been accompanied by a sell-out of independent humanitarianism. Rieff argues for an acceptance of the limits to effective action and a recognition that it is the tragedy of the human condition that there is always more that could be

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events of September 11 could take place. He pointed out that ‘the social world … is not something that we observe, it is something we inhabit, and we can never stand in relationship to it as neutral observer’.3 Of course, as mentioned in the previous chapter and discussed more fully in the next, neither is the ‘natural’ world. The two cannot be distinguished in any case. Smith called on us not to evade our inevitable ethical responsibility but to speak truth to power, whilst at the same time quoting Max Weber on the dangers of political intervention: ‘whoever wants to

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Northern Issues concerning Ireland women Northern Ireland 129 10 ➤ The background to the Northern Ireland problem ➤ The build up to and the importance of the Good Friday Agreement ➤ The effect of the devolution process on Northern Ireland ➤ The workings of the Northern Ireland Assembly ➤ The effects of decommissioning of arms and demilitarisation ➤ The future of Northern Ireland BACKGROUND TO THE PROBLEM How Northern Ireland came about Until 1921 Ireland was a single political entity under British rule. It elected MPs to parliament in London, but was

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FOR STUDY One of the errors which is often made in studying the institutions of the European Union is to attempt a comparison with national political systems. This carries a number of difficulties. The EU is not like a national state (though it may be ever closer to becoming one). There are crucial distinctions which must be borne in mind. These include the following. The EU remains an organisation of nations rather than a full-scale supranational body. The members are not yet prepared to abandon national interests completely. Instead, they have shown a willingness

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