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About Albena Azmanova

Albena Azmanova is Associate Professor of politics at the University of Kent; she is the author of The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment (Columbia University Press, March 2012), among a long list of publications. She is currently writing a book with the working title The Crisis of ‘the Crisis of Capitalism’


Articles by Albena Azmanova

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Taking the Spanish government before the law

The EU might be forced to act under the pressure of its citizens, and for this, it has provided both the procedure and the channels.

Breaking the gridlocks of globalisation: the world according to David Held

One of the most panoramic, as well as readable analyses of our time’s conundrums can be found in David Held’s Global Politics After 9/11: Failed Wars, Political Fragmentation and the Rise of Authoritarianism. Review.

There is no refugee crisis in Europe

Let us be clear what we should be fighting against, and for.

To be or not to be, Charlie?

Three questions not to discuss under this heading, and four more that strike uncomfortably near the heart of the matter.

Eurosceptic parties will save Europe’s soul, despite themselves

We must take seriously all the new parties in the European Parliament, not least because they might well be doing us a favour.

You want federal Europe? why not start with a European social stability mechanism?

European federalism is back, says European Commission president Barroso. His call for a "federation of nation states" shows how the tables have turned in the debate about the Union – with former anti-federalists now praising integration and vice versa. But buyer beware - creating an EU federation now could result in a potentially disastrous "coup d'économie".

On social destitution, misdirected protest and the missing crisis of capitalism

The current crisis was not imposed by technocratic elites, but by democratically elected centre-right and centre-left governments.  It is to a great extent due to the weak response from society that neoliberal capitalism is consolidating further, as governments are imposing exactly the ruinous policies that were at the root of the financial crisis.

Democracy against social reform: the Arab Spring faces its demons

The link between ‘karamah’ and ‘al hurriyah”, the call for dignified existence and the rejection of oppression has given birth to a further crucial concept – that of the social responsibility of public authority.  This cannot be achieved by maintaining the economic polices of the old regimes. 

Crisis - what crisis?

Why is widespread social anxiety fuelling xenophobia rather than criticism of neoliberal capitalism? What role has the state played? Have we arrived at the paradoxical situation where the best we can do is to call on the state to do its job?
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