The Impact of Global Governance Norms on Domestic Resource Politics Lead Convenors: Kate Macdonald, University of Melbourne, Australia ( Jewellord Nem Singh, University of Sheffield, UK ( University of Sheffield, June 22-23, 2015 **** We have also crossposted the CfP in the PSA Website: ***** The politics surrounding governance of extractive resource sectors—encompassing mineral oil and […]

I am pleased to announce that we are holding a one-day workshop at Sheffield University on “States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards A New Research Agenda”. The event aims to foster an open dialogue among scholars of natural resource politics, drawing from various disciplinary traditions, including international political economy, […]

Workshop: Developmental States beyond East Asia  Newcastle University, United Kingdom Friday, June 5, 2015  Sponsored by: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University Development Politics Specialist Group, Political Studies Association   Organizers: Jojo Nem Singh, University of Sheffield/ PSA Development Politics Jesse Salah Ovadia, Newcastle University   Developmental States beyond East Asia is a small […]

Last Sunday, 26th October, Brazilians voted the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, securing the Workers’ Party (PT) its fourth electoral victory. In a very tight race with Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PDSB), Rousseff won by a three per cent margin, indicating the fragility of her victory in what has been considered as one […]

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Professor Charles Pattie writes widely on electoral issues, and is an author of two books on recent Scottish politics, including a study of the 1997 devolution referendum. He is also a Scot….. Scotland’s independence referendum on 18 September 2014 is a very strong contender for the most momentous…

In the recently concluded Annual Conference hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), I presented a paper on labour politics in oil-rich states. Our paper, co-authored with Håvard Haarstad and Andrew Lawrence, explores the theoretical significance of non-state actors in shaping governance arrangements in oil-rich economies. Given the resurgence of social conflicts in mining and energy industries, it is vital […]

In a recent guest lecture that I gave at York University, I presented some very rough ideas about how we can think about resource exploitation and democratisation in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Whilst by no means do I suggest such cross-regional comparisons are unproblematic, I argued that there are common grounds for some comparative work […]


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