‘Let me tell you what I believe’: Narratives, storytelling and ethos building, the case of Tory leaders (2005–2023)
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by Alma-Pierre Bonnet
5d ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. This article proposes a critical narrative analysis of the way recent Conservative leaders have used storytelling to talk about themselves and reinforce their political ethos during the annual party conferences. We will use David Cameron’s transformative tenure as a starting point, as he tried to usher in a new Conservative creed, more compassionate and voluntarily different from Thatcherism. We will then see how his successors have also resorted to narratives to establish a strong political ethos. The main objective ..read more
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Muddied waters: Freedom-of-navigation operations as signals in the South China Sea
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by Hyun-Binn Cho, Brian C Chao
5d ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Freedom-of-navigation operations (FONOPs) led by the United States have become a prominent policy tool in the South China Sea. These operations, however, have caused much confusion and consternation in the region despite the limited legal purpose that they officially serve. Why? This article departs from existing research by examining FONOPs as a form of signalling. Utilising an original dataset on US FONOPs in the South China Sea, we explain why and how FONOPs are ambiguous signals. Because of the nature of FONOPs us ..read more
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Imaginaries of trauma and victimhood: The role of the ‘China threat’ in Trump’s populism of the privileged
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by Alexandra Homolar, Juan Alberto Ruiz Casado
1w ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. This article speaks to an established interest of International Relations scholars in the construction of the ‘China threat’ in US political discourse. We advance recent works which have argued that the rise of China has contributed to the success of populism in the United States and Western liberal democracies more widely. Specifically, we transpose the concept of the ‘populism of the privileged’ to the international realm to understand how narratives of status loss nurture perceptions of collective trauma and victim ..read more
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The Autocrat’s Indispensable Service: How Russian Intelligence secured Vladimir Putin’s Regime after failing him in Ukraine
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by Huw Dylan, David V. Gioe, Elena Grossfeld
1w ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Russian intelligence failed President Vladimir Putin in supporting the most consequential decision of statecraft – war – before Russia’s 2022 (re)invasion of Ukraine but has since somewhat recovered, possibly redeeming itself in Putin’s estimation by securing his regime nearly two and a half years since his shambolic invasion. This article complements our previous article in this journal, The Autocrat’s Intelligence Paradox: Vladimir Putin’s (mis)management of Russian strategic assessment in the Ukraine War, which exa ..read more
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Visual de-demonisation: A new era of radical right mainstreaming
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by Donatella Bonansinga
1w ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. This conceptual article calls for the integration of new approaches to the study of visual populist communication, arguing that it will play a critical part in a new era of radical right mainstreaming. Extant scholarship on the mainstreaming of the radical right has focused on party politics and rhetoric, neglecting the visual self-presentation and emotional strategies of radical right leaders on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. The article proposes the novel concept of ‘visual de-demonisation’ to capture these dy ..read more
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Mapping the landscape between pacifism and anarchism: Accusations, rejoinders, and mutual resonances
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by Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
2w ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Pacifism and anarchism share some territory and have cross-pollinated across historical contexts, but are also distinct traditions and movements, with voices in each holding serious reservations and criticisms of the other. Identifying and critically discussing these reservations helps correct widespread misunderstandings in the scholarship and the wider public, thereby also presenting arguments for those outside either tradition to reevaluate their own assumptions and analyses. Anarchist qualms about pacifism and non ..read more
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Explaining sender–receiver gaps in signalling: Australia’s ‘Pacific Step-up’ and Solomon Islands’ multi-alignment
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by Patrick Köllner
1M ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Amid growing strategic competition, regional powers have intensified their engagement with Pacific Island Countries. This article examines Australia’s ‘Pacific Step-up’, a signature foreign policy initiative of the Scott Morrison government (2018–2022), from a signalling perspective. Through the Step-up, Australia sought to affirm its resolve to be partner of choice for Pacific Island Countries. This was not cheap talk but led Canberra to invest substantially in its ties with the region. Despite this and significant p ..read more
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Situating realism, the ethnographic sensibility, and comparative political theory within the methodological turn in political theory
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by Ben Turner
1M ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Contextualist and empirical analyses have recently become important tools in political theory due to a growing ‘methodological turn’ in the discipline. In this article I argue that realism, the ethnographic sensibility in political theory, and comparative political theory should be considered as part of this methodological turn. I show that they share its diagnosis of a gap between political theory and politics and its two principal motivations in closing it. However, I argue that the distinct contribution of realism ..read more
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Gendering the floating voter: A mixed methods study of gender and undecided voters in Britain
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by Rosalind Shorrocks, Anna Sanders
2M ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. Women are more undecided than men about their vote choice, with around 20%–30% of female respondents giving a ‘don’t know’ response to vote intention survey questions in Britain. In this article, we employ a mixed methods research design to explore why women are more likely to be undecided about their vote choice than men. Using survey data, we find that the gender gap in ‘don’t know’ responses is associated with gender gaps in political engagement and perceptions of policy representation. In focus groups, we find dif ..read more
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Beyond populism and into the state: The political economy of national-conservatism
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by Gorkem Altinors, Angelos Chryssogelos
2M ago
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Ahead of Print. This article argues that the crises of neoliberal globalisation since the 2000s have given rise to a new transnational political family that we call ‘national-conservatism’. Through a critical examination of the literature on the Global Right and the role of the state under globalisation, we contend that national-conservatism acts as an innovative model for acquiring and exerting power from the right today, characterised by an endorsement of the state’s economic role, an emphasis on traditional values and hierarchies ..read more
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