Chris Bickerton

May 2010

‘Necessary compromise’

Anderson’s account of the EU is at its strongest when he shows how it excludes the possibility of any of kind of politics at all. He remarks that though the EU appears in many respects to function as a forum for managing the relations between independent sovereign states, even here we are witnessing something different from traditional diplomacy.

October 2008

What next for the EU?

Disenchantment with the elitism of European politicians and institutions may lay the basis for a more positive reassertion of popular control over political decision-making at the national level. This would mean recognising that the problems of European integration are only magnifications of problems whose origins lie at home.

October 2006

How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime

The Bush administration has practised a politics of retrenchment. Far from perfecting a form of authoritarian populist rule, as Blumenthal argues, the Bush administration, and his Republican Party, have found it increasingly difficult to maintain their coherence.

March 2006

The Politics of Good Intentions: History, Fear and Hypocrisy in the New World Order

Runciman’s originality lies in his understanding of the ways in which a longstanding dilemma of modern politics expresses itself in the current period, but his inability to integrate this into his material on the nature of the modern state pushes him into highly speculative musings on the psychology of Tony Blair.

Books
June 2005

Slavoj Žižek: Respect for otherness? No thanks

In seeking to unite politics with ethics, Žižek usefully exposes the political choices and consequences behind actions such as humanitarian intervention, and others which involve moral grandstanding without any idea of how this translates into a real intervention in the world.

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