Election 2010: Why the environment is an electoral non-issue

Why the environment is an electoral non-issue

Excellent and (obviously) timely new blog from the University of Nottingham School of Politics and International Relations. An extract from a typical post:

Ask people if they think the environment is an important issue, and they will tell you that it certainly is. A ‘great deal’ or ‘fair amount’ of concern about global warming is reported by 67% of the British public respondents in the UK, and 84% of car drivers are ‘very’, or ‘fairly’, concerned about the effect of transport on climate change (indeed drivers show a higher level of concern for the effect of transport on climate change than non-drivers). But ask people if they are willing to pay for environmental improvements and that support tends to disappear. Whilst 84% of those car drivers were concerned, only 18% were willing to pay higher taxes on their car for the sake of the environment.

Interesting stuff. Election 2010 offers well-informed and pithy comment on key issues in the run up to the election and will be well worth coming back to.

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Prime Minister unveils election pledges at University of Nottingham

Prime Minister unveils election pledges at University of Nottingham

The Prime Minister used a speech at The University of Nottingham to set out his party’s five key pledges ahead of the imminent General Election. Visiting the University’s Jubilee Campus on Saturday, March 27th, Gordon Brown pledged to secure the nation’s economic recovery, raise family living standards, build a high-tech knowledge economy, protect frontline services and strengthen fairness in communities. In a speech to party activists and prospective parliamentary candidates, Mr Brown also acknowledged Labour’s position in the opinion polls as all the main parties gear up for a General Election widely predicted to take place on May 6th.

It was all quite exciting. And the new Nottingham Geospatial Building, just opened by David Lammy, was a great venue for this kind of thing. The rest of the campus looked pretty good too.

Full news article available here.

Europe’s “best universities”

CHE Excellence Ranking 2009

A league table that isn’t actually a league table: via “European best universities” – ZEIT ONLINE

The CHE Excellence Ranking compares a selected group of European universities for each subject. Find the most interesting places in Europe for doing your master’s or doctoral degree!
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For seven different subjects a group of 20 to 60 European universities were selected by their results in research and (for Political Science, Economics and Psychology) internationalisation indicators. This selected group of universities is called the “Excellence Group” of the respective subject. For this Excellence Groups, an institutional survey as well as a student survey was conducted. For outstanding results in any one indicator, a “star” was awarded.

Interesting approach this. Not sure that it will take off but it is a serious effort and worth watching. Also. gratifying that the University of Nottingham appears in both the Economics and Politics lists but unfortunately they seem to have failed to notice psychology.