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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

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.