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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM

Start: Jun 14, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Jun 14, 2013 12:00 AM

14 June 2013

14 June 2013, 3.00-7.00pm

UCL Pearson Building
Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT
Gower Street

Supported by
The European Commission Representation in the UK


Eventbrite - The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened. The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thus also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner?

  Kyle Galler, Principal Economic Policy Analyst, European Commission Representation in the UK
  Richard Bellamy
Professor of Political Science and Director, UCL European Institute
3.30-5pm The Democratic Legitimacy of the EU: is Federalism the Solution or the Problem?
John Peet
Europe Editor, The Economist
Dario Castiglione
Associate Professor of Politics, Exeter
  Francis Cheneval
Chair in Political Philosophy, University of Zurich
  Andrew Duff MEP
  Kalypso Nicolaïdis
Professor of International Relations, Oxford
  Andrew Walton
Assistant Professor in Political Theory, St. Gallen
5-5.30pm Break
5.30-7pm Social Justice and the Financial Crisis: Is the EU the Problem or the Solution?
Chair Christine Reh
European Politics, UCL School of Public Policy
Speakers Ulrike Guérot
Senior Policy Fellow, European Council of Foreign Relations
  Philippe van Parijs
Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, Université Catholique de Louvain
  Fritz Scharpf
Emeritus Director, Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies
  Stewart Wood
House of Lords
  Richard Bellamy
Director, UCL European Institute
 7pm  Reception

 PhD workshop

A closed workshop with PhD students from UCL, Yale, Oxford, Exeter, Zurich and St. Gallen and some of the above speakers will be held on 13-14 June .


European Commission Representation

This symposium is the concluding event in a year-long series on the Eurozone crisis and its effect on the democratic standards of the EU, which previously included policy roundtables, PhD workshops and public panel discussions. The series has been generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK.