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(No) Gender balance in political science publishing?

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My discipline – political science – is far away from gender balance, especially at the top where men still dominate professorships. My impression was that this is also true for (peer-reviewed) publications – and a first look into the reality of 50 different journals seems to confirm this: 66% out of 749 recent research articles […]

[Highlight] Political science journals: An updated early access list

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To keep on top of the latest publications in political science, I try to follow a range of political science or related journals and the latest articles published therein. So far, this list of (mostly) political science journals and the links to advance online publication articles of these journals has just been a document on my […]

4 topics that may interest you in my doctoral thesis

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Last month, my PhD thesis “Information flows in the context of EU policy-making : affiliation networks and the post-2012 reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy” has been published online (under a Creative Commons license), so anyone is free to read it, quote it, criticise it. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, […]

In The Matrix: The film at the origins of a doctoral thesis on EU networks

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About a month ago, I have submitted my doctoral thesis on EU networks and information flows. Tracing back the origins of this thesis could be looking into the past eight years of my life, having lived in five different countries in those years, the life in each of which has shaped the thesis in one […]

European Parliament Elections 2009 in academic research

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After yesterday’s European Parliament decision, we are now exactly one year away from the start of European Parliament elections 2014. A good time to look into academic research on the past elections. Lacomeuropeene has already covered academic research on the media coverage of the European Parliament elections in 2009, and so has Die Presse (via […]

Extended book review: “La théorie de l’information” by Aurélien Bellanger

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I first stumbled over “La théorie de l’information” by Aurélien Bellanger – published this summer – in a review by Le Soir about a month ago. It was a sunny Saturday morning, a rare occasion here in Brussels, and I was reading the weekend edition of the Belgian newspaper over a breakfast in a café. […]

The structure of EU politics: Story-telling about European Parliament committees

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Trying to make sense of EU politics is quite difficult. Good story-telling is almost impossible because too many people are involved in too many issues. Convincing analysis is hard because the amount of time you have to invest in research is often not proportionate to the amount of insight you get. Yet, we have to […]

The new EUR-Lex: Going public soon?

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1.5 years ago, I first covered the planned reform of EUR-Lex, the major platform for EU law and EU institutions’ decisions. One year ago, a set of slides (PDF) published by VÖBBLOG gave hints where things were moving. In a set of blog posts, the EU’s Publication Office talked about the new EUR-Lex itself in October last year. […]

Lobbying EP rapporteurs through committee secretariats

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In a very interesting academic paper titled “Do rapporteurs receive independent expert policy advice? Indirect lobbying via the European Parliament’s committee secretariat“* the author David Marschal concludes on the basis of structured interviews and questionnaires that: “Secretariat officials play an often important role in the legislative process, but, rather than serving as the source of independent policy expertise, they act […]

Revolution in EU Commission transparency ahead?

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The EU Commission, in a radical move towards transparency, has decided to publish one Commission meeting protocol from 1958 on its website. Rumours that one document from 1959 will be published next year cannot be confirmed so far. PS.: A proper Commission document register can be expected for 2015 the earliest if I’m informed correctly.

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