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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

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.