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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

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.