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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

Britain & Europe resource area

3 December 2013

Topic: Britain and Europe

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. As part of a year-long 'Britain and Europe' seminar series at UCL, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we are collating up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

We will be adding bibliographical and online resources to this page throughout the academic year 2013-14. The directory already includes pages on the EU Act 2011 and its provisions for an in-out EU referendum; the debates on Human Rights between the European Court of Human Rights and a British Bill of Rights; and the Single Market, especially liberalisation, harmonisation, mutual recognition and the balance of competences. It will eventually cover a wide range of topics, including the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation. 

The new area also houses our first policy brief on the changes brought about by the EU Act 2011, in relation to Britain’s position in and attitude towards, the European Union. It considers the referendum provisions of the EUA; referenda and UK constitutional law; and the role of referenda in democratic deliberation.