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Stephen Thornton

Information literacy, the concept most associated with inculcating the attributes necessary to behave in a strategic, thoughtful and ethical manner in the face of a superfluity of information, has been part of the information specialist scene for many years. As the United Kingdom’s QAA benchmark statements for Politics and International Relations highlight, many of the competences associated with this concept are vital in the honourable struggle to become a successful graduate of those disciplines. This article presents a longitudinal study of a survey used to expose the information literacy levels of two groups of first-year Politics/IR students at a British university and, using the logic of ‘most similar design’, make informed inferences about the level of students’ information literacy on coming into tertiary education.

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Our Summer issue features three articles on key aspects of German

politics and society. Belinda Cooper analyzes yet another angle of the

thorny Stasi problem, in this case the role and presence of women

in the Stasi. Placing her discussion in the larger context of women

in East Germany, Cooper has fashioned a nuanced, meticulously

researched argument about an issue that remains pertinent in the

debate on Germany, women, unification, and the country’s complex

past. John Bendix and Niklaus Steiner provide a new epistemological

prism for the evaluation of Germany’s much discussed problem of

political asylum. They address this difficult topic in the context of

existing approaches in comparative politics and international relations,

featuring the notion of “national interest” in their presentation.

Ludger Helms then offers a fascinating study of an often-neglected

institution of German politics: that of the federal presidency since

1949. After a careful reading of this article, it is evident that the German

presidency deserves more attention in the future research

agenda of political scientists than it has garnered in the past.

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Cosmopolitanism and the Need for Transnational Criminal Justice

The Case of the International Criminal Court

Patrick Hayden

Writing in the aftermath of Adolf Eichmann’s dramatic prosecution in 1961 for his role in the Nazi genocide, Hannah Arendt suggested that the ‘need for a [permanent] international criminal court was imperative’ (Arendt 1963: 270). For Arendt, Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem symbolized the unfortunate triumph of national interests over the demands of universal justice. In Arendt’s analysis, the Eichmann trial was flawed for a number of reasons, most notably because the Israeli government rejected the possibility of establishing an international criminal tribunal, claiming for itself the competence and jurisdiction for trying Eichmann. In the end, Arendt notes, the failure of the Israeli court consisted of the fact that it represented ‘one nation only’ and misunderstood Eichmann’s crimes as being inherently against the Jewish people rather than against humanity itself, that is, ‘against the human status’ (Arendt 1963: 268-270). As the subsequent occurrence of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes in countries as diverse as Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and East Timor starkly testifies, the relevance of a permanent international criminal court to contemporary world politics and international relations is undiminished more than 40 years after the Eichmann trial.

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Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice

Democratic Theory through an Agonistic Lens

Marie Paxton

Democratic Design .” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 20 ( 3 ): 693 – 710 . 10.1177/1369148118784756 Martin , James . 2012 . “ A Post-Secular Faith: Connolly on Pluralism and Evil .” In Democracy and Pluralism: The political

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Creative Practices/Resistant Acts

Nesreen Hussein and Iain MacKenzie

of art, and the nature of their relationship. This is surely worthy of continuing research. Notes 1 The symposium was a collaboration between the School of Arts and the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent

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Holding Up Half the Sky

Global Narratives of Girls at Risk and Celebrity Philanthropy

Angharad Valdivia

. 10.1007/978-1-137-01555-6 Walters , Rosie . 2016 . “ ‘Shot Pakistani Girl’: The Limitations of Girls’ Education Discourses in UK Media Coverage of Malala Yousafzai .” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 18 ( 3 ): 650 – 670

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Personal, Powerful, Political

Activist Networks by, for, and with Girls and Young Women

Catherine Vanner and Anuradha Dugal

Politics and International Relations 18 ( 3 ): 650 – 670 . . 10.1177/1369148116631274

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Struggles over Expertise

Practices of Politicization and Depoliticization in Participatory Democracy

Taina Meriluoto

.3152/147154303781780551 Lowndes , Vivian , and Marie Paxton . 2018 . “ Can Agonism Be Institutionalised? Can Institutions Be Agonised? Prospects for Democratic Design .” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 20 ( 3 ): 693 – 710 . doi: 10

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Managing a Multiplicity of Interests

The Case of Irregular Migration from Libya

Melissa Phillips

-Style Migration Deal on Libya: Maltese PM .” Reuters , 18 January . Boswell , Christina ., Andrew Geddes , and Peter Scholten . 2011 . “ The Role of Narratives in Migration Policy-Making: A Research Framework .” British Journal of Politics and

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Israel’s Innovative Young Adults Lists

Robust Participation in Institutional Municipal Politics

Zvi Hadar, Fany Yuval, and Rebecca Kook

, James . 2016 . “ Diversity and Voice: The Political Participation of Young People in the European Union .” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 18 ( 3 ): 521 – 537 . 10.1177/1369148116647176 Sørensen , Eva . 2017