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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
Daniel Miller  More...

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
Eva Hoffman More...

Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit

Publication date: Nov 03, 2011 10:29 AM

Start: Oct 10, 2012 05:00 PM
End: Nov 29, 2012 09:00 PM

29 November 2012

29 Nov 2012, 5.45-7.15pm

Medical Sciences & Anatomy Building
Medical Sciences 131 A V Hill LT
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Eurozone Crisis

Eventbrite - Eurozone Crisis & the Democratic Deficit

There have been longstanding concerns regarding the democratic standards of the EU and its capacity to engage with citizens. This oft-invoked ‘democratic deficit’ specifically concerns the incomplete development of instruments of parliamentary democracy at the EU level, such as: the accountability of decision-making bodies to the electorate; party-political competition with rival programmes and ideologies; the capacity of public opinion-formation to influence policy development; and the balance between executive power and parliamentary oversight.

At all times hotly debated, these concerns have deepened as EU institutions have expanded their competences and moved into  policy areas directly affecting core areas associated with national sovereignty. Certain responsibilities in areas involving expertise or basic rights have long been delegated, albeit controversially, to agencies to a greater or lesser independent of direct government or electoral control (such as central banks and regulatory authorities). Yet increasingly, Europeanization and wider globalising trends, has led to policies that were previously  the exclusive competence of national governments (such as fiscal and social policies, or  the implications of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality), to be constrained by non-majoritarian institutions that are only partially and often very indirectly under domestic political control.

Arguably, these developments have contributed to the rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels, the upsurge of populist fringe parties, and new calls for the re-nationalisation of competences. Increasingly, the EU is criticised as a supposedly biased actor, dominated by certain state or economic actors, and imposing policies on Member States and citizens alike “from the outside”.

The panel on the 29th of November, part of a seminar series sponsored by the European Commission office in London, will address these issues from different policy maker/stakeholder perspectives. 


Sir John Gieve Former Bank of England and Visiting Professor at UCL
Lord Roger Liddle
Chair of the Board Policy Network and Labour member of the UK House of Lords
David Babbs
Executive Director, 38 Degrees
Dr Colin Provos
Department of Political Science, UCL
Chair: John Peet
The Economist

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Print Room Cafe.

Generously supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK

European Commission Representation