Michael Strange

Michael Strange
Malmö University | mah · Department of Global Political Studies (GPS)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr Michael Strange is Reader in International Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Malmö University. His research touches upon issues including Global/International Political Economy, Transnational Civil Society, Migration Politics, the WTO, the European Union, Democracy, Legitimacy/Accountability, Local Governmental Activism, Healthcare and Health Democracy, and Political Theory. He is a coordinator for the global research and education project 'PHED - Precision Healthcare and Everyday Democracy', as well as two Malmö University research platforms - Collaborative Future-Making, and Rethinking Democracy.
Additional affiliations
August 2011 - present
Malmö University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2007 - August 2011
Roskilde University
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (49)
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The European Union (EU) plays multiple roles within global trade governance as a unitary actor with particular interests to promote, a tool for dominance by powerful interests, and a site of contestation facilitating civil society mobilization. Identifying these roles is key to analyzing the role of the EU particularly in times of crisis in global...
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The externalisation of European Union migration governance disproportionately impacts states based on the African continent. Much of the analytical focus amongst existing research has been on the agency of the EU and its Member-states, identifying the asymmetric and postcolonial character of these policies, as well as highlighting that the impositi...
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Research in diverse areas such as climate change, happiness and wellbeing emphasizes the need for transformative change, stressing the importance of rethinking established values, goals and paradigms prevailing among civil servants, policy- and decision makers. In this paper, we discuss a role that design can play in this, especially how processes...
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Refugees are already a vulnerable group in society and are in a stressful situation due to their often uncertain legal status in seeking asylum and integration in the new society after migration. Refugees are, in general, at greater risk of poor health outcomes when contracting Covid-19, exacerbated by poor living conditions and difficulties in acc...
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The article contributes to our understanding of how trade is politicized and how civil society activists manage the tensions between multiple collective action frames in a complex political context. When viewed alongside the Brexit referendum and Trump’s US Presidency, it is easy to see the 2013–2016 campaign against a European Union–US Transatlant...
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Introduction In Sweden, often seen as one of the most egalitarian countries, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed high levels of health inequality, especially harming people with a refugee background. This is also despite Sweden's image as a refugee-friendly country. In this context, the aim of this paper is to better understand how Swedish health- and so...
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Infectious diseases exacerbated by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are of increasing concern in Sweden, with multi-drug resistant strains associated with new resistance mechanisms that are emerging and spreading worldwide. Existing research has identified that sub-optimal living conditions and poor access to healthcare are significant factors in the...
Experiment Findings
Invitation for written submissions: PHED Malmö-Lund Commission on the Future of Healthcare Post Covid-19. The societal role of healthcare and medical research has been brought to the forefront of public attention during the Covid-19 global pandemic. The ongoing quest for a vaccine, the fierce debates over the apparent success and failure of differ...
Experiment Findings
The seminar is an oral submission to the PHED Commission on the Future of Healthcare Post Covid-19, Fall/Autumn 2020.
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Background: The project “Precision Health and Everyday Democracy” (PHED) is a transdisciplinary partnership that combines a diverse range of perspectives necessary for understanding the increasingly complex societal role played by modern health care and medical research. The term “precision health” is being increasingly used to express the need for...
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BACKGROUND The project “Precision Health and Everyday Democracy” (PHED) is a transdisciplinary partnership that combines a diverse range of perspectives necessary for understanding the increasingly complex societal role played by modern health care and medical research. The term “precision health” is being increasingly used to express the need for...
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The externalization of the EU’s migration policies has seen a sharp increase in recent years but many aspects of its historical roots, internal dynamics, and broader implications remain insufficiently explored. This special issue analyses recent developments in the EU’s external migration policies including the extra-territorial reach of EU migrati...
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Since the early 2000s, there has been growing interest in the application of democratic models for decision-making to improving healthcare. These initially focused on a 'patient-oriented' model following an electoral model of democracy in which patients might choose amongst a range of options. However, this required ensuring such decision were info...
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Transcript of oral evidence given to the committee. The video of the proceedings can be viewed via: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/79a9d402-f541-4ecd-9b2e-25933edaf9e8
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Nearly two decades have passed since the events of the WTO’s Seattle Ministerial marked civil society as relevant to global trade politics. Despite this, and as the chapter explains, there remains significant ambiguity as to what is meant by the term ‘civil society’. That civil society matters in global trade governance needs to be understood in te...
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The politics of migration has become increasingly prominent as a site of struggle. However, the active subjecthood of people on the move in precarious situations is often overlooked. Irregular migration struggles raise questions about how to understand the agency of people who are marginalised. What does it mean to engage people produced as ‘irregu...
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The present article elaborates on struggles over the inclusion and exclusion of undocumented children and young people in the Swedish school system. Through conducting an in-depth case study on the issue of access to school in the city of Malmö in Sweden, our analysis demonstrates how the right to education for undocumented migrant children is subj...
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This article analyses sanctuary initiatives intended to change the situation of ‘irregularised residents’. Through fieldwork, three main activities are identified: assistance for welfare services, alternatives to inaccessible services, and inventing new ways of organising togetherness in the city. The role of activists in the initiatives links to d...
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In the build-up to the Sochi Olympics, there was substantial anticipation that its legacy would be dominated by dissent and political controversies rather than gold-winning performances. Yet, when the torch was lit, far fewer of those expected controversies ignited. In turning to International Relations theory (IR), the article argues the Sochi Oly...
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This chapter surveys how researchers have studied the relationship between the EU and the people identified as its citizens. The passports held by the citizens of EU member-states carry the statement that they are ‘EU citizens’. This is a legal statement and has material consequences for the individual possessing such a document. Yet, does EU citiz...
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The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement body provides the teeth of the global trade regime – empowering it with substantial means to adjudicate in disagreements between Member-states over the implementation of WTO law. The WTO’s teeth have, however, also helped make the organisation controversial. The Dispute Settlement body has frequentl...
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Global governance is neither democratic nor entirely undemocratic. For example, within the World Trade Organization (WTO) formally all member-states have equal power over decision making. The WTO’s dispute settlement body (DSB) acts to enforce the rule of law over so-called power politics. The WTO’s secretariat organizes regular meetings with civil...
Book
Writing Global Trade Governance operationalises a key post-structuralist methodology in order to expand understanding on the institution at the heart of the global political economy. Despite the WTO’s centrality and the growing popularity of methods utilizing discourse theory, no other text has yet demonstrated how these two fields of learning can...
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What does it mean when activist networks describe themselves as ‘European’ or ‘Global’? Existing studies into the geographic character of such networks have focused on the interplay between multiple ‘levels’. However, there is a need for greater research on the discursive function played by geographic descriptors within the formation of activist ne...
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What role do non-state actors play in global governance, and how can we study the relations through which they produce global public goods? This chapter considers the so-called 'network' turn within the study of governance at the global level, drawing on both global governance literature (e.g. Rosenau, 2000) and studies of networks in more local fo...
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In this chapter the authors argue that global governance has developed in three waves. The first wave was influenced by the classic research field of international relations. The second wave described a world governed by transnational governance networks. The third wave draws attention to complexity. The chapter explores what this means in practice...
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The article focuses on a frequently used but under-researched protest medium through which transnational movement networks express their collective demands – what are termed here ‘global group petitions’ (GGPs), and activists themselves call ‘sign-on statements’ or ‘joint statements’. GGPs are online petitions typically framed as ‘global’ and linki...
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Looking at the formation of transnational advocacy networks, this article argues that central aspects evade attention unless approached from a discursive orientation. Utilizing interviews and first-person observation from a particular example of transnational mobilization—critical of negotiations to expand the World Trade Organization's General Agr...

Projects

Projects (8)
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https://mau.se/forskning/projekt/phed/ Drawing on the Social Sciences, health is understood as a central mechanism not only for enhancing welfare but also through which everyday people experience being part of society. For over two decades, scholars working in both the Health and Social Sciences have spoken of ’Health Democracy’ – using democratic models to enhance patient access to healthcare, but also to better study the role of healthcare and medical research within society. We use the term ’everyday democracy’ to move further in that direction, understanding mundane medical and health interactions as fundamental to the shaping of contemporary society. Health, healthcare, and medical research have a significant impact on how citizenship – both as legally codified and practised – is experienced, but also the extent to which a society is maintained.