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The future of politics

22 March 2013

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The impact of the Leveson Inquiry on political journalism, the future role of political parties in the UK, and the implications for global politics of the movement of power and wealth eastwards will be just some of the topics under the spotlight at the 63rd Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association of the UK.

Held in Cardiff for the first time and hosted by Cardiff University and the School of European Studies, Translation and Politics, the conference brings more than 600 political science specialists from over 80 countries together to analyse some of the most pressing political questions facing the world today.

Bringing together some of the most passionate voices in political studies, among those attending will be Professor Ian Hargreaves from the School of Journalism who will chair the Conference’s main plenary session. This will see Hacked Off’s Professor Brian Cathcart; Mick Hume from Spiked; and News International’s Trevor Kavanagh debate the enormous ramifications for political journalism as a result of the outcomes of the Leveson Inquiry.

Other speakers throughout the three-day conference include Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading and former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, one of the most senior education civil servants in the UK, who will examine the teaching of politics in a changing world of higher education.

Roger Scully, Professor of Political Science and Academic Convenor of the conference, said: "The Political Studies Association conference is one of the most important international conferences in the world in our field. We are delighted to be welcoming many hundreds of colleagues, from across the world, to the capital city of Wales. Hosting the conference here also provides a great opportunity to showcase the rapid development of Politics here at Cardiff University".

The Party’s Over? Conference runs from 25-27 March 2013.

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