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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

Transition Economics Meets New Structural Economics - A Workshop

Publication date: May 16, 2013 10:50 AM

Start: Jun 25, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Jun 26, 2013 12:00 AM

25-26 June 2013

25-26 June 2013

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Contact the organisers for more information.


The recent global financial crisis has generated much debate about our understanding of the process of economic development, economic integration and globalization. In particular, the Economies of Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union - (ex) Transition economies - have experienced the biggest relative decline in the pace of economic growth. Therefore, it is timely to re-examine the theories and conceptual perspectives that have guided the transition process so far and to emphasise their virtues, understand their limits and propose new directions.

The workshop will bring together experts in Transition Economies to discuss different approaches to economic development and their theoretical underpinnings. Discussions will in particular contrast the traditional wisdom defending transition and institutional change with insights from New Structural Economics and Neo-Schumpeterian Political Economy.

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • Explore similarities and differences between TE and NSE as distinctive theoretical and conceptual perspectives on development
  • Explore possibilities for synthesis of neo-liberalism and structuralism as well as merger of NSE and TE into a new synthesis
  • Explore relevance of TE and NSE in understanding and facilitating growth in the post-2008 Eastern Europe

Speakers include: Justin Yifu Lin, Erik Bergloff, Michael Landesmann, Giovanni Dosi.

This event is supported under the UCL European Institute's Call for Proposals 2012-13.