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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

UCL PhD student submits evidence for House of Lord enquiry

31 March 2014

Heleen Jalvingh (UCL School of Public Policy) has contributed evidence to a report on the role of national parliaments in the EU, published this week by the House of Lords EU Committee.


The House of Lord's EU Committee has been set up to consider EU documents in advance of decisions being taken on them in Brussels,in order to influence the Government’s position and to hold them to account. It also conducts enquiries and makes report, which are offered as a contribution to ongoing debates, on the basis of collected evidence.

The Committee's latest report argues that it has never been more important that national parliaments should play a full and active role in the functioning of the European Union, both individually and collectively, as set out in the Treaty on European Union. However, the Committee holds that much more could be achieved, within the existing Treaty structure. Its report aims at a wide range of policymakers and others, within the UK and across the EU, and suggests a range of practical options, which could improve the involvement of national parliaments in the formulation and implementation of EU policies.

Heleen Jalvingh, UCL, School for Public Policy

Link to evidence: European Select Committee

Link to Report