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It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...
Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this
so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger
13 November 2014
Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s
relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal
burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public
5 November 2014
Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
Starts: Nov 5, 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)
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.
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.
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.