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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Counterpoint and the Open Society European Policy Institute Looking for postgraduate experts

5 February 2013

The Bridges Project is a ground-breaking initiative jointly coordinated by Counterpoint and the Open Society European Policy Institute.

The project aims to reinvigorate policy-making in Europe by making cutting edge research insights available to policy-makers. In particular we are interested in how recent research findings in neuroscience, positive psychology, physics and complexity theory, behavioural economics, psychoanalysis, anthropology and social geography can and should transform the way policy makers understand the public, and how they elaborate and implement policy.

We are seeking two types of contributions:

  1. Literature reviews (2500-3000 words) that cover a specific aspect of your research field and how it should be understood by policy-makers or government more generally. The aim is to have a good survey of the field’s most innovative contributions and thinkers, as well as a sense of how this should influence thinking in policy circles and possible applications. 
  2. Essay form articles (2500-3000 words + bibliography) that demonstrate how vital contributions in your research field have been overlooked in mainstream European policy debates. How would policy, or policy thinking change if these vital contributions were taken on board?

For a full summary of the project and how to apply, please see the
Counterpoint website.