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Why I’m voting Labour and you should too

June 8, 2017


  In September 2008, the British financial system was on the verge of collapse. I’m talking actual collapse. Like, most of the major UK banks declaring bankruptcy, credit-starved businesses quickly following suit, supply chains fragmenting, money not coming out of ATMs. And who knows what else… Forced nationalisation of the entire banking system? Of food […]

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In defence of listening: Right-wing populism and the failure of political “science”

November 13, 2016


Like anyone who is likely to read this, I was horrified by Donald Trump’s election victory. I find the man and what he represents repugnant in ways I struggle to put into words. I don’t see how anything positive can come from his presidency and only hope it will prove to be less disastrous than […]

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Hubris and Nemesis: Olympic Rio de Janeiro and the contradictions of Brazil’s development model

August 17, 2016


This blog post was written for the Political Studies Association blog.   In October 2009, then-President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, stood before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and delivered a speech that sounds as bitterly ironic now as it seemed momentous at the time. With the same rhetorical virtuosity that helped him […]

Published article – ‘Post-Third-World City’ or Neoliberal ‘City of Exception’? Rio de Janeiro in the Olympic Era

August 4, 2016


Abstract This article considers processes of urban development within the context of mega-event preparations in Rio de Janeiro. We begin with a brief overview of these development processes, highlighting their connections to political and economic change in recent years. Proponents of these mega-event-led initiatives argue that Rio is undergoing a period of inclusive growth and […]

The unspeakable cause of Brexit

June 24, 2016


I am going to bed to the news that the UK has just voted to leave the European Union. Lots of factors have contributed to this outcome, of which the EU itself – for all its flaws – was one of the least important. Among these are growing geographical imbalances and cultural divisions in the […]

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