In this interview, Jim Gallagher discusses the political and constitutional issues arising from the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. Professor Jim Gallagher was senior advisor to the Prime Minister on devolution strategy (2007-2010) and was Secretary of the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow and Associate Member at Nuffield College, Oxford. An expert advisor to the Scottish Parliament, he was appointed to advise the committee considering the Scotland Act 2016. (The interview was recorded before the UK’s EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.)

Dr Ben Lauderdale from the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science delivered a special masterclass on Tuesday 24th May 2016. Ben’s research focuses on the measurement of political preferences from survey, voting, network and text with a particular focus on using text data. This event presented the latest developments in ways social scientists can use text and provides an excellent opportunity to explore the promises but also the limitations of this quickly expanding research field. For further information on text analysis in social science see Felix Krawatzek and Andy Eggers Podcast Series.

In this video, Iain McLean explains what both options would entail, in plain language, presenting the facts without taking sides. It focuses, not on which option is likely to win, but on how they would be put into place in practice. It is a handbook for voters who want to fully understand their options. It looks at the key issues: independence within the EU, the Calman Commission recommendations, the welfare state, money issues and oil revenues. You can find out more about the book by clicking here:

Dr Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford, sat down with Politics in Spires to discuss our new series “Revolutions in the Balance” and to help place the Arab Uprisings in historical perspective. The full interview can be viewed below:

This clip was taken from a conference entitled ‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age’, which was hosted by the Department of Politics & International Relations. It was held in the Manor Road Building, Oxford on 25 February 2014.

Dr Elizabeth Frazer is head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her current research interest is in studying ‘what politics ought to be’ and ‘political virtue’ by way of critical study of the thought of figures including Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, and also Rousseau and Wollstonecraft. Katharine Millar is a DPhil (PhD) candidate in International Relations at Somerville College, University of Oxford, supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Frazer. In her work, Katharine examines discursive representations of the military – and “Support the Troops” discourses in particular – in relation to the formation of collective identity and the construction and conduct of force-related aspects of foreign and military policy. Here, they discuss the …