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Writing human instead of ‘methodological masturbation’ in political science

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If you have 15 minutes to spare, I recommend listening to Matthew Flinders‘ defence of political science shared by Slugger O’Toole. Matthew Flinders argues for better writing and new ways to engage with real audiences, instead of wasting time with “methodological masturbation” that human could ever understand. The word “blogging” is not used, but it is […]

On the road to #rp12: European blogging in Italy

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In 2009, Italian blogger Luca Conti said in an interview that he was “afraid a European blogosphere will remain a dream” because news markets were mainly national and participation in European Parliament elections were low: Now, that was 3 years ago. In the interview, he mentioned the platform Liquida as a possible starting point to discover […]

Why post-Lisbon isn’t post Lisbon

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Could you please stop using “post-Lisbon” when referring to the time since the Lisbon Treaty is in force? And when I say you I mean all of you! A post-war period is when the war is over. The post-Reagan era was when President Reagan stepped down, and in Post-Communism all that was left were the inheritance of […]

Conflicts over new access to documents procedures in the Council

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The EU Council has in fact changed its procedure for access to documents as I speculated last month. The introduction of a written procedure when dealing with appeals (‘confirmatory applications’) seems to have come in reaction to an own-initiative report issued by the EU Ombudsman last June. However, the new procedure does not come without conflict […]

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