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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

Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

17 February 2014

With contributions by Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.


Publication: The Eurozone and the Democratic Deficit

The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit (2013)
ed. by Richard Bellamy and Uta Staiger

21 pages

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As EU institutions have expanded their competences into areas directly affecting national sovereignty, so have concerns over its alleged ‘democratic deficit’ deepened.The Eurozone crisis has arguably taken these concerns to a new level, given that most policy responses to date have privileged executive decisions over parliamentary scrutiny, technocratic solutions over democratic accountability. The crisis has thereby also contributed to rising public disillusionment with established political systems at all levels. Historically, economic downturns may always have affected public confidence – but is the Eurozone crisis eroding trust in the Union in an unprecedented manner? And, if so, is political union the source of the problem or its solution?

Contents:

THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE EUROZONE CRISIS
Richard Bellamy

DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A MONETARY UNION
Pavlos Eleftheriadis

SOLIDARITY, DEMOCRACY AND THE EUROCRISIS
Ulrike Guérot

OF BREAD, GAMES AND GLADIATORS. WHY MAGIC BULLETS WILL NOT PLACATE EU CITIZENS AND WHY WE SHOULD NURTURE A EUROPEAN DEMOICRACY INSTEAD
Kalypso Nicolaidis

THE DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY OF THE EU:
IS FEDERALISM THE SOLUTION OR THE PROBLEM?
Francis Cheneval

THE EURODIVIDEND
Philippe Van Parijs

FEDERALISM, PAN-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, AND AGAINST ARTICLE 50:
A COMMENT ON THE EU’S DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
Andrew Walton