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Past CSD events 2009

NEWS : PAIS submitted a record 11 applications Warwick's 2009 "Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme." We are very pleased to say that four of these will be funded. congratulations to the following: Ben Clift ('Dependency theory and the Asian 'tiger' economies: the case of Hong Kong') Renske Doorenspleet ('The nature of political participation and identity in Hong Kong's trade unions') Peter Ferdinand ('Democratisation and the revival of nationalism in Bulgaria') Ed Page ('Towards a low carbon society: environmental politics and policy in the region of Normandy')



NEWS: CSD welcomes Dr Nicola Pratt who joined the Department of Politics and International Studies and CSD as an Associate Professor in the International Politics of the Middle East, on 1 July 2009.

Nicola’s most recent publications include:

* Democracy and Authoritarianisim in the Arab World (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2007).

* What Kind of Liberation? Women in the Occupation of Iraq (with Nadje Al-Ali) (Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2009).



NEWS: Congratulations to Jeroen de Zeeuw on being recommended the award of Phd for his thesis on ‘Political Party Development in Post War-Societies: the Institutionalisation of Parties and Party Systems in El Salvador and Cambodia’, on 16 June, 2009.



Workshop: ESRC Poverty and Aspirations

Location: Department of Economics, Warwick University, UK

Event Date: December, 2009




Conference: European Consortium of Political Research Annual General Conference

Location:  Potsdam

Event date: September 2009


Peter Burnell will present on ‘Are democratisation and climate change bad for each other?’ at Panel 214 ‘The decline of democracy, loss of quality, hybridization and breakdown’, and is discussant for Panel 120, ‘Challenges to the liberal agenda: democracy promotion in conflict situations’. 


 

Conference: 'Sources of Accountability on the African Continent'

Location: University of Cape Town, South Africa

Event Date: 20-24 July, 2009 


CSD is proud to be taking part in the International Conference on Sources of Accountability on the African Continent, 20-24 July 2009, organised by the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa under the auspices of the British Council’s DELPHE Partnership linking the Centre for Studies in Democratisation and the Universities of Cape Town and Dar-es-Salaam. Around 30 presenters from 10 countries including Warwick’s Prof. John McEldowney (Warwick University School of Law), Peter Burnell and Peter Ferdinand (CSD) will be coming together in panels on:

* Independence and Accountability of Prosecuting Authorities.

* Judicial Independence and Accountability.

* Judicial Independence and Accountability: The Challenges of Executive-Judicial Relations. 

* Theoretical Approaches to Accountable Governance.

* Holding the Machinery of Government to Account.

* Political Parties as Sources of Democratic Accountability.

* International Accountability Assistance.


Peter Burnell will also be addressing UCT’s nodal security governance group on ‘Should democratisation and climate politics go hand in hand? Please click here for more information: http://www.publiclaw.uct.ac.za/research/partnership/conference2009/



Conference: European Consortium of Political Research Annual General Conference

Location:  Potsdam

Event date: September 2009

Peter Burnell will present on ‘Are democratisation and climate change bad for each other?’ at Panel 214 ‘The decline of democracy, loss of quality, hybridization and breakdown’, and is discussant for Panel 120, ‘Challenges to the liberal agenda: democracy promotion in conflict situations’.



Seminar: 'Civil Society and the IMF in Africa: Towards Democratic Development'

Location: Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick University, UK

Event Date: Tuesday 28 April, 2009 (12-2 PM)

Talk by Professor Jan Aart Scholte. Civil society is often touted as a key force for democratic development in Africa. NGOs and social movements are said to hold a key to greater popular participation and control in politics. Yet how, and how far, has this promise been realised in practice? This seminar explores this general question with a specific focus on civil society engagement of the International Monetary Fund in six countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Uganda). The research builds on fieldwork and over 200 interviews conducted in 2008-9. Jan Aart Scholte is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick and Centennial Professor in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.

A buffet lunch will be available from 12 noon with a time for networking, before the seminar begins at 12.30pm For catering purposes, RSVP Ros Lucas on Rosalind.Lucas@warwick.ac.uk by Wednesday 22 April.  



Seminar: Sub-Saharan African Research Showcase Day

Location: Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick University, UK

Event Date: March 18, 2009 

Peter Burnell (PAIS/CSD) informed the members of the Sub-Saharan African Research Network at Warwick about CSD's 3 year British Council funded DELPHE (Development Partnerships in Higher Education) project with the School of Law at University of Cape Town and Law School at University of Dar es Salaam. The project began in 2007 and has the primary research focus of 'Accountable government and implementing constitutional choices in Africa'.

Click here for more information about the DELPHE project. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/csd/international/csd_cape_town/



Conference: Annual European Graduate Conference on Political Parties

Location: University of Birmingham, UK

Event Date: February 16, 2009

Jeroen de Zeeuw (PAIS/ CSD/ University of Warwick) took part in a panel on "Party Building and Party Development in Post-Conflict and Post-Authoritarian States". He presented a paper on the development of parties and party systems in post-war El Salvador and Cambodia. The panel was a joint initiative of Maja Nenadovic and Marlene Spoerri (two PhD candidates from the University of Amsterdam) and members of the joint UvA-CSD research project "International intervention, democracy and political parties: assessing the external dimension of democratisation processes in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union"



Workshop: Health and Human Rights Research Group

Location: School of Health and Social Studies, Warwick University, UK

Event Date: February 11, 2009

Renske Doorenspleet (PAIS/CSD) participated in the meeting organised by the Health and Human Rights Research Group. This group consists of Warwick scholars from different departments (e.g. Law, Sociology, Politics, Medical School), who are interested in the relationship between human rights and health. The aim of the seminar was to outline our areas of interest. It became clear that there is a wealth of sub-themes which will be explored in the future by different sub-groups.



NEWS: NEW BOOK PUBLICATION 


New Challenges to Democratization, edited by Peter Burnell and Richard Youngs will be published by Routledge (hardback and paperback) in September/October 2009.

 Four authors from CSD and leading international experts assess today’s new challenges to democratisation and the new challenges to international democracy promotion, and investigate the relationships between these two sets of challenges. Contents include: 


1.New challenges to democratisation. Peter Burnell.

2.Democracy and sovereignty: an awkward coupling: Laurence Whitehead.

3.Ideological challenges to democray: do they exist? Marina Ottaway.

4.The continuing backlash against democracy promotion. Thomas Carothers.

5.Democracy assistance and the search for security: Nancy Bermeo.

6.Public support versus dissatisfaction in new democracies: an ‘inside challenge’? Renske Doorenspleet.

7.External sources and consequences of Russia’s ‘sovereign democracy’. Regine A. Spector and Michael McFaul.

8.Democratizing one-party rule in China. Shaun Breslin.

9.Democratization by whom? Resistance to democracy promotion in the Middle East. Bassma Kodmani.

10.Energy: a reinforced obsacle to democratization? Richard Youngs.

11.Addressing democracy’s challenges. Peter Burnell and Richard Youngs.