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

November 13, 2016

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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 […]

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

August 17, 2016

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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

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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 […]

Peripheries in motion: Change and continuity in Brazil’s marginalised urban territories during the PT era

May 14, 2016

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This piece was written for the website Brasil Wire.   It’s a cool late-April evening in São Paulo and locals have packed out the União da Juta community centre in the residential neighbourhood of Fazenda da Juta, some twenty kilometres east of the city centre. The theme of the meeting is the same one that has […]

This politicisation of anti-Semitism is opportunistic and a betrayal of its true victims

May 11, 2016

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The employers of a young pharmacist discover that her surname, Reiner, is not German but Jewish, and a few days later she is fired without explanation. A 19-year-old American soldier is captured with his platoon on the Western front, and, as he is single out by a German officer, a fellow POW remarks, “this guy […]

LBC Radio interview on Brazil’s impeachment vote

April 21, 2016

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Audio file can be downloaded here

On Corbyn and our collapsing orthodoxies

October 7, 2015

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our collapsing This article was published on Open Democracy A strange thing has happened in the British political scene since the financial crash of 2008. On the one hand, many mainstream economic commentators have begun to question the orthodoxy that prevailed prior to (and which was largely responsible for) the crash and its continuing fallout. […]