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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

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.