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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
Richard Bellamy awarded Serena Medal
19 June 2012
Professor Richard Bellamy, Director of the European Institute and Professor of Political Science at UCL, has been awarded the Serena Medal by the British Academy. This is awarded annually 'for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, literature, art or economics'.
The last UCL recipient was Prof Laura Lepschy, Emeritus Professor of Italian, in 2010 - whose husband also received it.
Richard is believed to be the first political scientist to get it. A collection of 15 of his articles on Italian political theory, written roughly over the past 25 years, is to be published in the Autumn by ECPR Press, the publishing house of the European Consortium for Political Research, with the title Croce, Gramsci, Bobbio and the Italian Political Tradition.
There is a ceremony for the award on 8 November at the British Academy.