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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

UCL academics receive awards in Queen's Birthday Honours list

18 June 2013

Congratulations to Prof Albert Weale, Prof Sir Malcom Grant, and several others.



Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy at UCL since 2010, and frequent collaborator with the UCL European Institute, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to Political Science.

Currently holding an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in 'Social Contract, Deliberative Democracy and Public Policy' at the UCL School of Public Policy, he has not only had an extraordinarily distinguished academic career, but also always sought to combine academic thinking about key political and policy concepts with involvement in current policy deliberation.

As such, he has among others had a particular interest in understanding the democratic deficit of the European Union. Building upon two jointly edited volumes on citizenship, democracy and legitimacy in the European Union, he published Democratic Citizenship and the European Union (Manchester University Press) in 2005. He has also published on comparative environmental policy in Europe, most recently with Environmental Governance in Europe: An Ever Closer Ecological Union?, with G. Pridham, M. Cini, D. Konstadakopulos, M. Porter and B. Flynn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).

Albert was joined on the Queen's Birthday Honours List by several other members of UCL, not least UCL's President and Provost Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, who has been knighted for services to Higher Education.

Our warmest congratulations.