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A Theory of Emotional Choice for International Relations

By on March 15, 2018
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Robin Markwica * Why do states often refuse to yield to military threats from a more powerful actor, such as the United States? Why do they frequently prefer war to compliance? International Relations scholars generally employ the rational choice logic of consequences or the constructivist logic of appropriateness to explain this puzzling behavior. Max Weber, however, suggested […]

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Hybrid pathways to resistance in the Muslim world: Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Mali (HYRES)

By on February 27, 2018
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By Tine Gade* Why do some Islamist groups pursue their political and religious project within the state to which they belong – while other Islamist groups refuse to accept these borders, seeking instead to establish new polities, such as restoring the Islamic Caliphate? This is the main question asked in my new research project, Hybrid […]

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What is to be done? Brexit, Corbyn, and the democratisation of Europe. A conversation with Mary Kaldor

By on February 22, 2018
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This blog post is based on an Italian interview by Marta Musso* that appeared in the Italian cultural journal “L’Indice dei libri del Mese”. Prof. Kaldor**, the Brexit referendum campaign was based on the problem of ‘take back control’ – of national borders, of the budget, of the spaces where decisions are taken. Deep down, aren’t […]

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Facts and figures on applications for the Max Weber Fellowships in 2017

By on February 22, 2018
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On 25 October 2017 the call for applications for the Max Weber Fellowships closed for all departments but Economics, which continues to receive applications into Spring 2018. The programme received 1,124 applications from 92 countries, lower than the 1,346 applications from 99 countries the previous year (Figure 1). Still, the large number in 2016 was […]

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