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Gilles Favarel-Garrigues publishes « Policing Economic Crime in Russia: From Soviet Planned Economy to Privatization »

Policing Economic Crime in Russia: From Soviet Planned Economy to Privatization Gilles Favarel-Garrigues Columbia University Press, October 2011 Gilles Favarel-Garrigues explores the management of economic crime in Russia, from the time of Leonid Brezhnev to Boris Yeltsin, recasting the history of the « criminal problem » that has tainted Russian politics since the late 1980s. In the closing decades of the Soviet regime, shortages of goods and services precipitated a rapid increase in black market and underground practices, visible to all yet wholly illegal. [...]

Religion in America: A Political History by Denis Lacorne

Religion in America: A Political History, by Denis Lacorne (CERI) Foreword by Tony Judt; Translated by George Holoch Columbia University Press, July 2011 Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, this line of reasoning is predicated on separating religion from politics to preserve political freedom from an overpowering church. [...]

Patrick Le Galès elected member of the prestigious British Academy

Patrick Le Galès, CNRS Director of Research at Sciences Po’s Centre d’Etudes Européennes and professor at Sciences Po has been elected corresponding Fellow of the Political Science section of the British Academy. He is the first French to be elected as member of the Political Science section. Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the humanities/social sciences counterpart of the Royal Society (which is devoted to the “hard” sciences). The election of Patrick Le Galès will cement the international recognition of his work. A graduate of Sciences Po, Nuffield College Oxford and the [...]

The Stanley Hoffmann Prize Awarded to Bruno Palier and Kathleen Thelen

The Stanley Hoffmann Prize For Best Article on French Politics Awarded to Bruno Palier (CEE) and Kathleen Thelen (MIT) Inaugurated in 2004, this award – administered by the French Politics Group of the American Political Science Association with the Association Française de Science Politique – is awarded to the best  English-language article on French Politics published in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous two years.  This year,  301 articles were considered. The awarded article was published in Politics and Society  (march 2010) by Bruno Palier (Centre [...]

As French As Everyone Else? by Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj

As French As Everyone Else? A Survey of French Citizens of Maghrebin, African, and Turkish Origin,  by Sylvain Brouard and Vincent Tiberj Foreword by Paul M. Sniderman, Translated by Jennifer Fredett, Temple University Press « As French as Everyone Else? is a timely, unique, and major contribution. Brouard and Tiberj—leading French political science researchers—offer a concise book on the important case of France. Given the relatively large size of the country’s immigrant population and its political and social significance, its study is especially relevant. These scholars [...]

Sophie Jacquot and Bruno Palier publish « The EU and the Domestic Politics of Welfare State Reforms Europa »

The EU and the Domestic Politics of Welfare State Reforms Europa Edited by Paolo Graziano, Sophie Jacquot and Bruno Palier Palgrave Macmillan, June 2011 Does European integration influence national social policies? What is the use of EU laws, orientations and guidelines? Based on a systematic comparison of ten national cases, including both old and new member states, representing all families of welfare regimes, this volume explores and specifies the mechanisms through which the EU plays a role in domestic social policy changes. It focuses on where, when and how national actors use the [...]

POLINE : The Politics of Inequalities

The POLINE network The POLINE network has been launched in order to lead Sciences Po Research project on « Inequalities and Democracy ». This international network gathers more than thirty researchers belonging to over six departments at Sciences Po which used to work separately on various aspects of inequalities. The « politics of inequalities » is a topical and strategic issue. No program of the kind exists in France, and the French case is particularly interesting as it is so different from the US, combining a rather stable structure of inequalities with a strong and rising feeling of [...]

Stéphane Lacroix publishes « Awakening Islam:The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia »

Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia Stéphane Lacroix Harvard University Press, April 2011 Amidst the roil of war and instability across the Middle East, the West is still searching for ways to understand the Islamic world. Stéphane Lacroix has now given us a penetrating look at the political dynamics of Saudi Arabia, one of the most opaque of Muslim countries and the place that gave birth to Osama bin Laden. The result is a history that has never been told before. Lacroix shows how thousands of Islamist militants from Egypt, Syria, and other [...]

Sciences Po’s Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Evaluation of Public Policy

An international panel of judges appointed by the National Research Agency has awarded funding to a proposal from Sciences Po’s Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Evaluation of Public Policy as part of the highly selective “Investments for the Future” competition launched by the government in 2010 to identify “Laboratories of excellence” (Labex). The project, coordinated by economist Etienne Wasmer and political scientist Cornelia Woll, brings together researchers and professors from the Economics department, the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for the Sociology of [...]

Claire Andrieu & Jacques Semelin publish « Resisting Genocide The Multiple Forms of Rescue »

Resisting Genocide, The Multiple Forms of Rescue Claire Andrieu, Jacques Semelin & Sarah Gensburger Hurst, March 2011 Every genocide in history has been notable for the minority of brave individuals and groups who put their own lives at risk to rescue its would be victims. Based on three case studies – the genocides of the Armenians, the Jews and the Rwandese Tutsi – this book is the first international comparative and multidisciplinary attempt to make rescue an object of research, while breaking free of the notion of ‘The Righteous Among the Nations’. The result [...]

Sciences Po project awarded “scientific equipment of excellence” funding

Out of 52 projects selected by an international jury appointed by the National Research Agency to fund high-level scientific “equipment of excellence” (“Equipex”) projects, Sciences Po’s proposal came equal first, even though only 5 projects were chosen in the social and human sciences (SHS) field. Launched on the initiative of research teams at Sciences Po, led by Laurent Lesnard, Director of the Centre for Socio-political Data (CDSP), developed with the support of Amélie Antoine-Audo and Sciences Po’s European Office for Research (MER) and supported by the PRES Sorbonne Paris [...]

Yann Algan’s research project on Culture, Cooperation and Economics has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant

Yann Algan’s project – TRUST : Culture, Cooperation and Economics – was among the only two projects that received ERC Grants awarded to French SSH Research in 2009. TRUST aims at looking at the links between culture of cooperation, economics and institutions, with causality running in both directions. The first step is to assess the causal effect of cooperation on economic decisions and happiness. Social attitudes such as trust seems a prerequisite to expand economic exchanges, in particular in modern societies characterized by the increased complexity of information and [...]
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