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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
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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
Opportunity: PhD school "Democracy in Europe”
12 March 2014
Apply for the PhD school "Democracy in Europe: Institutions and Practices", organized as part of the PADEMIA project, a network to promote research on parliamentary democracy in Europe, in which UCL participates via the European Institute.
The school, which will take place from 16 to 19 June 2014 in Bratislava, will feature lectures and seminars with some of the leading scholars in the field and provide an opportunity to PhD-scholars to present and get feedback on their own research projects. Applicants must be PhD-students from institutions participating in the PADEMIA network.
Application deadline: April 15, 2014.
For more info: PhD school 'Democracy in Europe'