Who and what is their people? How British political leaders appealed to the people during the 2019 elections [Report]

The 2019 UK election was touted by many as a contest between the parliament and the people. But who were ‘the people’ in question? The rise of populist politics in recent years across the world had bought ‘the’ people squarely into political discussion and as a resource to be called on by populist politicians. Looking at twitter in the context of the UK election we can see what was meant in this context.

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Corona Virus: Consequences for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) projects and related activities

  • The Commission understands that the current containment measures taken at national level may have consequences on MSCA projects.
  • This may concern the regular mobility activities of MSCA fellows and other project staff as well as the participation of individuals in meetings and events organised by beneficiaries in the framework of MSCA projects.
  • To respond to these uncertainties, the European Commission is applying the maximum flexibility in the implementation of the programme, within the limits of the applicable legal framework.
  • The Research Executive Agency (REA) has informed all project coordinators about the possibility to invoke the “force majeure” clauses: REA will assess the circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Project coordinators should liaise with their Project Officer as soon as possible to notify them of the situation and receive support.
  • The Commission is monitoring this situation very closely and will adopt any additional measure that may become necessary.

Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe by Marco Damiani

Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe by Marco Damiani

This book provides a comparative analysis and a systemic categorization of the Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe.

Institutional and socio-economic aspects have transformed the political culture of many modern democracies, leading to the creation of radical left-wing parties who, by combining a strongly populist political offer with the historical demands of the traditional left wing, are capable of electoral success. This book analyzes a range of different Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe through in-depth case studies. The author uses statutes, internal documents, programs, election results, membership data, and international political literature combined with interviews with executives and national secretaries to describe and interpret the main features of PRLPs, their paths of formation and political transformation.

More info: Routledge

The UK’s points-based immigration system – University researchers

Johnson’s government wants a “points-based system” – a minimum of 70 points – which takes different key skills into account when giving visas, which would allow people to find a job in the UK.

Among these factors, it is necessary to have proof both a job offer from an employer and an appropriate English level. That will get an applicant to 50 points.

Moreover, the applicant will have to earn at least £25,600 – not applicable for the job in which the UK has a shortage – in order to get 20 points.

As for university researchers, the future applicant could be also gain extra points for having higher qualifications, e.g., 10 points for a relevant Ph.D.; or 20 points for a Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or maths.

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Source: BBC

From Populism to the People

Fata Morgana Web, 10 February 2020


Populism (Pablo Compagnucci)

More than twenty years of ideas and reflections are enclosed in a dense and recent book: “Me, the people” by Nadia Urbinati which represents the most recent contribution on populism, a concept still too ambiguous and challenging to clearly determine. Populism flows, like a karst river, without a trace only to re-emerge in periods of substantial uncertainty, in traumatic moments and phases of crisis, in the forms that we know and with all of its disruptive force.

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Dal populismo al popolo

Articolo apparso nella rivista Fata Morgana Web 27.01.2020

The English version of the article will be available shortly


Populism (Pablo Compagnucci)

Più di venti anni di idee e riflessioni racchiuse in un libro denso ed attuale. “Io, il popolo” di Nadia Urbinati, nella sua versione italiana del gennaio 2020 – quella inglese pubblicata da Harvard University Press è dell’agosto 2019 – rappresenta il più recente contributo sul populismo, un concetto ancora troppo ambiguo e difficile da determinare. Come un fiume carsico, il populismo scorre sotto traccia per riemergere in periodi di forti incertezze, momenti traumatici e fasi di crisi, nelle forme che conosciamo e con tutta la sua forza dirompente.

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More info about the project (last version 28/11/2020)

The POSTBREXIT Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Project is active in the Department of Politics at the University of Sussex, and currently, it is developing an important study on the Brexit consequences.

The Brexit case is particularly interesting for this research. Hence, this project aims to offer a comprehensive analysis of this new phenomenon and its impact on your party politics, thereby enabling to understand its structures, organisation and membership; the key issues and claims that define its agenda; and also how it seeks to challenge UK parties.

To this end, we are particularly keen to include the “voice” of the party members in this research.

Hence, in the following, if you  sign up for our newsletter, you will be contacted in the spring-summer of 2021 by a researcher from the University of Sussex to receive all the information necessary for participation in the research project.

In particular, in the next spring-summer, you will receive an invite to complete a short web survey with some questions concerning political activism, participation as well as relevant current affairs. The results of this survey will be of invaluable help to understand the profile, views  and aims of your party’s supporters.

This survey will only take 10 minutes to complete. The participants’ privacy will be fully protected. Indeed, the survey is completely anonymous, and, therefore, no personal data will be disclosed. Furthermore, the information   provided will be used solely for this research, and no one else will have access to it.

For this reason, we ask you to send this communication to people potentially interested in this research to inform them that Brexit research is underway and that any help provided will be valuable to understand the importance and impact of this phenomenon.

Participation in the research is voluntary.

Should you have any queries concerning the survey, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail address provided below. Thank you very much.