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    ABSTRACT: Often, and increasingly, social and political life is narrated using the concept of generation. This article looks at contemporary expressions of 'generationalism' in British public life. It identifies the salient themes which emerge, links these to the social and political contexts in which these ideas are produced, and examines the points where they are vulnerable to critique. Bridging science and normativity, the generational view offers a convenient master-narrative for a variety of political orientations - yet one whose democratic credentials are doubtful.
    British Journal of Sociology 06/2013; 64(2):216-247. DOI:10.1111/1468-4446.12015
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    ABSTRACT: Today's European energy policy is characterised by national approaches portraying it as one of the least successful areas of integration despite its importance for our everyday life. This exploratory study presents a new way in analysing the approaches and processes operative in this area. It introduces a new dimension of policy evaluation, the role of national energy majors, and proposes its utilisation in the increasingly important method of using indexes for energy supply security. By doing so, the relevance of perceptions of energy supply security for energy policy integration is highlighted, pointing at the concessions necessary to overcome the integratory deadlock. The indexes proposed in this paper can provide insights for policy-makers and researchers into the ongoing integration process and the crucial importance energy business plays therein. Finally, the exploratory methodology developed in this essay can be employed in various other policy areas to classify, discover and analyse policy directions.
    Energy Policy 12/2009; 37(12-37):5704-5716. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.035
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    ABSTRACT: The message of this paper is that the global financial crisis that started in August 2007 provides another powerful and sufficient argument for the United Kingdom to join the EMU and adopt the euro as soon as technically possible. This new financial stability argument for UK membership in the EMU is separate from and in addition to the conventional optimal currency arguments for joining, which have also become more persuasive in the past few years.
    International Finance 11/2008; 11(3):269 - 282. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2362.2008.01224.x
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    ABSTRACT: A distinguishing feature of Central European polities is a strong policy-shaping role of parliaments. This article demonstrates how party political and procedural factors set the scene for the executive's loss of legislative control in Poland. Parties undermine the governmental grip because of their limited internal cohesion and competitive coalitional strategies. Parliamentary rules reinforce such party effects. The executive can shield its bills from amendments by relying mainly on partisan controls, not formal privileges. But, as an analysis of over 300 bills shows, when party discipline and coalition cooperation are in short supply, partisan controls are ineffective as instruments of legislative control.
    Communist and Post-Communist Studies 06/2008; DOI:10.1016/j.postcomstud.2008.03.004
  • Nations and Nationalism 04/2008; 2(3):371 - 388. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-8219.1996.tb00004.x
  • European Law Journal 03/2007; 13(2):276 - 277. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0386.2007.00367_3.x
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    ABSTRACT: The paper studies the inflation rate associated with optimal monetary and fiscal policy in a number of standard dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models with nominal price rigidities. While the focus is on Calvo-style nominal price contracts with a range of indexation rules for constrained price setters, the conclusions have much wider validity - (1) Regardless of whether nominal price and/or wage rigidities are due to New-Keynesian, Old-Keynesian or sticky-information Phillips curves, optimal inflation policy requires the validation, that is, the full accommodation of core producer inflation by actual producer price inflation;(2) Optimal monetary policy implements Bailey-Friedman optimal quantity of money rule. No welfare-economics based argument for price stability as an objective (let alone the overriding objective) of monetary policy can be established for the class of DSGE models with nominal rigidities for which they have been proposed by Woodford and others. JEL Classification: E3; E4; E5; E6.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines recovery scenarios for the Irish economy. It estimates that the growth rate in potential output is 3% a year. This takes account of a permanent loss of output of 10% of GDP as a result of the recession. On this basis, and taking account of government fiscal action this year and in 2010, the government?s structural deficit is estimated to fall to between 3 and 4% of GDP by the end of 2010. The analysis suggests that when the world economy recovers the Irish economy will follow suit recovering some lost ground. Should the world recovery be delayed until 2012 this would inflict some further damage but the Irish economy would still see quite rapid growth in the postponed recovery phase.
    World Development 12/2005; 33(12):2103-2118. DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2005.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: The rules for fiscal policy co-ordination in EMU have been seriously challenged since 2002. The original Stability and Growth Pact was not so much geared towards co-ordinating as towards disciplining members' fiscal policies. Since the Pact failed, another approach is required. The Commission's reform proposals are likely to provide for more co-ordination and mutually stabilizing insurance. The prospect of EMU enlargement suggests further changes in this direction. The stability of financial markets in the candidate countries must be the major concern for revising the rules, rather than containment of price adjustments and fiscal deficits.
    Journal of European Public Policy 09/2004; 11(5):890-908. DOI:10.1080/1350176042000273595
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    ABSTRACT: December 2003LSE's European Institute was created in 1991 to develop, co-ordinate and improve undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research training and research about Europe at LSE and to promote LSE as a centre of excellence for students and researchers working in the field of European studies- EU and non-EU, West and East (including Russia). European Studies is concerned with Eastern as well as Western European questions; it follows interdisciplinary approaches; and it is concerned with questions of integration and fragmentation in the European area. The Institute also aims to provide support and advice, notably on European research agencies and funding, to all LSE researchers working on studies on Europe, both East and West. It develops contacts and networks with the Commission of the EU, with LSE alumni groups and other research centres throughout Europe. The goals of the European Institute are fourfold: To conduct, co-ordinate and supervise interdisciplinary teaching and research about Europe to the highest academic standards To inform, facilitate, support and co-ordinate study and research about Europe, European states and issues, within the LSE departments and research centres To promote the School as a centre of excellence for social science and law studies of Europe, notably with European institutions To develop contacts or networks with other research centres, with alumni groups, and with others for research, teaching and fund-raising purposes. The strengths of the Institute are its multi-disciplinary approach to training, research and teaching on European issues, its strategy of collaboration with public policy-making and business, its international links and its academic resources across the social sciences.
    Journal of European Public Policy 09/2004; 11(5):909-925. DOI:10.1080/1350176042000273603
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