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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

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

A Belgian Salon: Europe's Destiny

Publication date: Sep 16, 2013 2:02:16 PM

Start: Nov 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM

29 Nov 2013
At what promises to be a highly charged discussion at the last "Salon" we curate with Belgian Ambassador Johan Verbeke in London, three of Europe's leading political philosophers and theorists will be in conversation - and most likely in conflict - over the destiny of the European project.


When:
29 November 2013,  5.30pm

Please register below

Where:
Residence of the Belgian Ambassador
36 Belgrave Square
SW1X 8QB
Eventbrite - Belgian Salon: Europe's Destiny


Speakers

Philippe Van Parijs is professor at the Faculty of economic, social and political sciences of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics since its creation in 1991. He is also a Visiting Professor at Harvard University's Department of Philosophy since 2004 at at the KuLeuven's Higher Institute for Philosophy since 2006. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of Belgium's Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts and of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, he was awarded the Francqui Prize, Belgium's most generous scientific prize. In 2007, a post stamp was devoted to him within the framework of a series ("This is Belgium") honouring nine outstanding Belgian scholars. His books include Evolutionary Explanation in the Social Sciences (London & Totowa NJ 1981), Le Modèle économique et ses rivaux (Genève 1990), Qu'est-ce qu'une société juste? (Paris 1991), Arguing for Basic Income (London 1992, ed.), Marxism Recycled (Cambridge 1993), Real Freedom for All (Oxford 1995), Sauver la solidarité (Paris 1995), Refonder la solidarité (Paris 1996), Solidariteit voor de XXIste eeuw (Leuven 1997), Ethique économique et sociale (Paris 2000, with C. Arnsperger), What's Wrong with a Free Lunch? (Boston 2001), Hacia una concepcion de la justicia global (Medellín 2002), Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity (Brussels 2004, ed.), L'Allocation universelle (Paris 2005, with Y. Vanderborght), Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiavelli Programme (Colchester, 2011) and Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford, 2011).

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.

Anthony Giddens was educated at the University of Hull and the London School of Economics. At the LSE, he wrote a dissertation on 'Sport and Society in Contemporary Britain'. He has taught at the University of Leicester and subsequently at Cambridge, where he was Professor of Sociology. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the LSE. He is currently a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He was made a Life Peer in May 2004. He has honorary degrees from 15 universities. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was the BBC Reith Lecturer in 1999. His books have been translated into some forty languages. He has sat on the board of various public organisations, including the Institute of Public Policy Research. Giddens's impact upon politics has been profound. His advice has been sought by political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe. He has had a major impact upon the evolution of New Labour in the UK. He took part in the original Blair-Clinton dialogues from 1997 onwards. His latest book is Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?.

   

Belgian Europe Salons
This event, co-organised by the Belgian Embassy in London and the European Institute of University College London, is the last in our joint series of Belgian Salons on the topic of Europe, before the Ambassadors moves to his new posting in Washington.