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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

Richard Bellamy

Richard Bellamy


Professor of Political Science

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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.

Please see his staff profile page in the School of Public Policy for a full listing of publications. You can download some of Richard's past and recent papers from his SSRN Author page.