April 16, 2014


The Governance of the International Political Economy – by Anthony Payne & Nicola Phillips

Hands in the airIf you ask most people by whom they are governed or, more pointedly, from where they are governed, they will probably answer by referring you to the ‘government’ of the country in which they live. Some might throw in a reference to the local government of their city, region or locality; some, especially those living in Europe, might also mention their sense that they are increasingly being governed by bureaucrats and politicians who work beyond national borders in regional institutions.

Hardly anyone will allude in any way to the international or global stage. Doesn’t everyone know that there is no ‘world government’? Isn’t international politics just a matter of state opposing state, with every country using its power to get away with whatever it can? Well, yes and no. Continue reading…

April 14, 2014

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Scottish Independence and International Organizations – by Richard Woodward and Michael Davies


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Last month, the debate about an independent Scotland’s relationship with the EU spluttered back to life when a group of financiers observed that staying in the UK posed the biggest threat to Scottish EU membership. Given the EU’s growing intrusion into the everyday lives of European citizens and the importance of unimpeded access to the Single Market to the economic prospects of a newly independent Scotland, the fixation with prospective Scottish membership is understandable. Nevertheless, the almost exclusive focus on the EU has deflected attention from Scotland’s potential relationship with other international organisations and the problems membership of these organisations might pose both to Scotland and the remainder of the UK (RUK). 
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April 10, 2014


Elgar Book Reviews

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Our books are reviewed in a variety of places – from specialised journals to blogs, online newsletters and websites.

Please find below a selection of some of our recent reviews.

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March 28, 2014


Searching For Mandela: What a Study of Mandela Tells Us About Studying Leaders – by Joanne Ciulla

Nelson Mandela Statue in London

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For the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of editing the New Horizons in Leadership Studies series for Edward Elgar. The aim of our series is to publish genuinely new ideas, perspectives, and approaches to the study of leadership. I was very pleased when Donna Ladkin and Chellie Spiller proposed doing a critical collection of original papers on authentic leadership, Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences, and Coalescences. While there was quite a bit of mainstream literature on authentic leadership, Ladkin and Spiller’s book offered new approaches and formats for critically examining the conventional idea of authentic leadership.

I have always been skeptical about the usefulness of constructs such as authentic leadership in part because they often claim admired iconic leaders as exemplars of their theories. When Ladkin and Spiller invited me to write an article for their collection, I thought that it would be a nice opportunity to write a piece that illustrated the limitations of authentic leadership using an in depth study of Nelson Mandela.

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March 21, 2014

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Going Dutch in flood management? – by Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema

flooding in the Somerset levels

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Yesterday we were reminded by the animated Google homepage that it was the first day of spring. As the days get longer and we experience more clement weather, it is easy to forget that only a matter of weeks ago we experienced the wettest weather in the UK for at least 250 years. Flooding inundated thousands of homes and caused at least £1bn of damage.

George Osbourne announced in his budget statement this week that £140m will be pledged to repairing damaged flood defences, but does this represent the best solution for ensuring better protection in the future? We asked Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema, founding editors of the watergovernance blog, what we could learn from the Dutch approach to flood risk management.

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