Michael Briguglio

Michael Briguglio
University of Malta · Department of Sociology

PhD
Environmental Sociology, Movements, Politics

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Introduction
Dr Michael Briguglio has a Doctorate in Sociology and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta, within the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts. He has published various scholarly books and articles, and his main research interests are environmental sociology, movements and politics.

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This paper investigates the impact of Malta’s European Union (EU) accession on Environmental NGOs (ENGOs). For this purpose, environmental politics in relation to Malta’s EU accession are analysed. This is carried out by focusing on a selection of issues involving Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) (land development; climate chan...
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http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/nZHSMwpFy3a7cKtwAJWB/full http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09644016.2015.1055880?ai=3cy1&ui=sgmf&af=T
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This paper analyzes the politics of bluefin tuna in Malta within the first years of EU accession (2004-9). The paper concludes that despite making certain impacts, ENGOs (environmental non-governmental organizations) were unsuccessful in creating a hegemonic formation to stop the fishing of bluefin tuna until stocks recover.
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The paper compares the Maltese welfare state with other mainstream welfare regimes. It makes use of Esping-Andersen's concepts of decommodification and stratification, whilst also looking at political and ideological factors. The European context in general, as analyzed by Roche, and the Southern European context in particular, as analyzed by Ferre...
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http://sdonline.org/53/maltas-labour-party-and-the-politics-of-hegemony/
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This paper relies on protest event analysis ( pea ) to study protests held in Malta during 2020 and analyses specific features of those protests, namely issues, organisations, coalitions, venues, and types of protest. The study verifies how Malta’s status as a small state impacts protest, especially in terms of networks of activism and in the conte...
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‘Democratic crisis revisited’ illuminates and reconceptualises the multiple facets of the contemporary crises of democracy in Europe and beyond. It combines context-specific case studies from examples all over Europe, and especially from Eastern Europe, with a theoretical reconceptualisation of democracy. Democracy is conceived of as an ongoing pra...
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Due to their insularity and small economies, several islands have become reliant on tourism activity for the livelihood of their communities. Islands of the same archipelago have faced various challenges in terms of tourism growth and related impact. Primarily, tourism has been characterised by seasonality (the strong spatio-temporal concentration...
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This article deals with the escalation of protests in Malta concerning the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia at the end of 2019. The well-attended protests continued the trend of civil society activism since the murder of the journalist in 2017. They were characterised by the creation of abroad coalition of social movement organisations,...
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Despite broad political consensus that Malta needs comprehensive constitutional reforms, the process so far has been slow. This may be partly because of the unwillingness of the ruling majority to concede discretionary powers in a country with an effective two-party system. As a neutral political figurehead, the newly appointed President may be bes...
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Discourse analysis enables the identification of what social actors say and do but also of what they represent in terms of values and motivation Such an analysis can also unearth ideological representations which legitimize the reproduction of social structures, irrespective of whether such representations reflect some objective reality or not. In...
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This article explores the reasons why men join the Men's Rights Movement (MRM) in Malta, the southernmost and smallest member state of the European Union. In particular, reference is made to the Association for Men's Rights (AMR). For this purpose, a qualitative research method has been adopted, whereby activists within AMR were interviewed to disc...
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The objective of this paper is to analyse the perspectives of civil society actors in Malta about the country’s sustainable energy policy and its impact on green jobs. Perspectives of 11 civil society actors comprising employers, trade unions and non-governmental organisations are analysed to provide a broad reflexive analysis of the policy process...
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The recent public demonstrations in Malta have put the issue of constitutional reforms at the forefront of the political agenda. In a context of a de facto two-party system, the independence and impartiality of institutions, such as the Attorney General and Police Commissioner, has become central to the reform demands. In view of its significance,...
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This article analyzes the impacts of ENGOs with respect to Maltese climate change policy in an EU context. In particular, focus is made on the politics of climate change in Malta and the EU in the first five years following the country's EU accession, which led to the setting of energy emissions targets by 2020. The main conclusion of this article...
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Sociology of the Maltese Islands provides a broad sociological introduction to various areas of Maltese society currently featuring in public and scholarly debate and research. This book may be of interest to a wide range of students, including undergraduates, students at post-secondary level, as well those carrying out research at postgraduate l...
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This article deals with the conflict on the 'American University of Malta'. This was characterised by the creation of a new environmental movement, Malta's biggest ever environmental protest, and by revisions by the Government in its original development plans. Consequently, the conflict had a variety of impacts.
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This research analyzes social interaction of cancer patients in Malta. In particular it applies a qualitative sociological approach to verify how cancer patients interact with family members and society. The research concludes that social interaction of cancer survivors in Malta is characterized by mixed experiences, but at the same time, all cance...
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This chapter analyses the politics of bird hunting in relation to the empowerment of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) in the European Union (EU), with specific reference to Malta’s first years of EU accession. In particular, the analysis focuses on the activism of Maltese and International ENGOs – with special focus on Birdlife...
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This thesis investigates whether European Union (EU) Accession has influenced civil society empowerment in Malta, with specific reference to Environmental NGOs (ENGOs). In particular, the study will examine whether Maltese ENGOs have experienced empowerment in the first years following EU accession. This study verifies (1) whether EU accession ha...
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This paper analyses whether EU Accession has helped empower Maltese ENGOs, with specific reference to the land rationalisation issue between 2006 and 2010. This issue was characterised by the Maltese Government's decision to extend development boundaries prior to the 2008 general elections. Malta's environmental movement opposed this decision and l...
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Environmental destruction has become an everyday reality in the contemporary world. Major concerns are being put forward regarding the dangers to the environment in general and to human societies in particular, with strong focus currently being put on climate change. Sociology has an important role to play in the analysis of environmental problems....
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Sustainable energy policy and its potential to create green jobs in Malta, as seen from the point of view of Maltese civil society, provides the basis for a critical analysis of the development of environmental policies in Malta. The discussion is based on data emanating from a qualitative type of survey conducted among key players involved in the...
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Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and carried out vast changes in its environmental legislation during the process. Environmental NGOs have been key actors in this regard. This paper verifies whether Malta's EU accession has helped empower such organisations. The paper argues that EU accession has enhanced empowerment of ENGOs. This has occur...
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This paper analyses the social impact of liberalisation of plastic bottles in Malta, wherein the system of returnable glass bottles has effectively been replaced by a system of disposable plastic bottles. The paper applies concepts such as Ulrich Beck's (1992) 'risk society', and Michael Cahill's (1994) 'consumer society' to the issue under researc...
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This paper investigates perceptions of unemployed ageing workers in Malta, in relation to disadvantages in the labour market and to discouragement with regard to chances of finding stable employment. The principal results are that educational level and number of breadwinners in one's household significantly affect perceptions; and that there are ca...
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On emerging victors in the general elections held on October 26th, 1996, the Malta Labour Party gave the impression that it was going to create a modern Malta, which would once and for all do away with patronage and partisan politics. New Prime Minister Alfred Sant had previously managed to cleanse his Party of its violent imagery, transforming the...
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This dissertation deals with the relationship between the State and land developers with reference to the development of the Hilton Redevelopment Project in Malta. The study will show how the State and the land developers formed part of a power bloc through which both stood to gain from the exploitation of land. The State benefited through the ge...

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