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As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is
everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark,
Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk
serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Professor of Political Science
Richard Bellamy joined UCL in October 2005 as the first Professor of Political Science, founding Head of the new Department and Director of the School of Public Policy. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the European University Institute at Florence. After three years as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford he went on to lectureships at Cambridge and Edinburgh and then to Chairs at the Universities of East Anglia, Reading and Essex. He has held Visiting Fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford; the EUI in Florence and Australia National University (ANU). He was Academic Director of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) from 2002-2006 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2002 and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) in 2008. Richard is the Founding Chair of the Britain and Ireland Association of Political Thought.
Richard’s main research interests are in European Social and Political Theory post-1750, Contemporary Analytical Legal and Political Philosophy, Public Ethics, and the application of normative theory to the understanding of citizenship, democracy and constitutionalism in modern societies. He has been a leading figure in the normative study of the European Union and directed a number of prominent ESRC and European Commission research projects in this area.
He has written 7 monographs to date, edited or co-edited a further 20 volumes and is the author of over a 100 journal articles and book chapters. His books include Modern Italian Social Theory: Ideology and Politics from Pareto to the Present, Liberalism and Modern Society: An Historical Argument; Liberalism and Pluralism: Towards a Politics of Compromise and, as editor or co-editor, Victorian Liberalism, Constitutionalism in Transformation, Pluralism and Liberal Neutrality, Citizenship and Governance in the EU; Political Concepts, The Cambridge History of Twentieth Century Political Thought; Lineages of European Citizenship and Making European Citizens. He has also edited scholarly editions of works by Beccaria, Bobbio and Gramsci. His publications have been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish. His most recent books are Political Constitutionalism, published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction, which came out with Oxford University Press in 2008. He is currently writing a study of Political Leadership provisionally titled The Democratic Prince.
He is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Government and Opposition, Modern Italy, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy, The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms, European Political Science, and Diacritica: Philosophy. He is an associate editor of the European Journal of Political Theory and the new ECPR journal European Political Science Review. He co-edits the journal CRISPP (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy).
He has appeared on TV and radio in Britain and abroad, and written for major newspapers and reviews such as The Guardian and Times Literary Supplement.