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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Call for Papers: Erasmus Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

27 January 2014

The UCL European Institute is part of a new Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA). The network will hold its first annual conference in Brussels on 12 and 13 June 2014.

The Work Package leaders now invite applications of interest for paper presentations for panels on the network’s Focus Themes (download the panel outlines for further information - see below).

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please send your abstracts to the panel organizers (to be found in the panel outlines) by Friday, 28 February with cc. to Dr Christine Reh and Dr Uta Staiger. The panel organizers will then choose and inform participants until the end of March. Each panel will last for approximately 90 minutes and comprise ca. four presentations. All panels are likely to take place on the first day of the conference, Thursday 12 June.

The PADEMIA budget covers the travel and subsistence costs for one participant from each of our 56 member institutions. Should more than one paper be accepted from UCL, the UCL European Institute will offer travel and subsistence costs to a second participant. Students are also very welcome to attend the conference without presenting any paper, but will have to take part at their own expense.


Panel Outlines: PADEMIA (pdf)

ABOUT PADEMIA:
PADEMIA is a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. It seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, and stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today. It also aims to highlight innovative approaches and establish best practices in teaching this key issue to present and future generations of students.

FOCUS THEMES:
PADEMIA concentrates on the following 5 areas of relevance:

  • Changing parliamentary institutions in Europe
  • The role of parliamentary actors in Europe
  • The relationship between parliaments and citizens in Europe
  • Parliaments and the European public sphere
  • Parliamentary democracy and constitutional development

It will also run 2 cross-cutting disciplinary perspectives on a) multi-level democracy and b) the economic and financial crisis to ensure conceptual and empirical linkages between the five areas of relevance.

ACTIVITIES:
Project activities include network-wide annual interdisciplinary events including conferences, international seminars, PhD schools, lecture series, and similar, as well as an online paper series, a student paper competition, and annual research and teaching awards.