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Professor David Coen meets President Bill Clinton

Professor David Coen, Director of UCL School of Public Policy and Global Governance Institute, met President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative commitment announcement to celebrate the creation of the Pentland Scholarship for students from the global south to study on the UCL School of Public Policy/NYU Wagner Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management Master programme. More...

Published: Oct 12, 2015 10:00:07 AM

Attitudes towards Aid and Corruption

DLP Director Heather Marquette and Deputy Director David Hudson present research on attitudes towards aid and corruption to the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Task Team in Paris this week. More...

Published: Oct 9, 2015 9:49:03 AM

International Summer School for Undergraduates

An exciting new opportunity for students to study for three or six weeks in the heart of London. In the summer of 2016, we will be welcoming students to our new International Summer School for Undergraduates.  More...

Published: Oct 6, 2015 4:12:23 PM

UCL Green Impact Awards 2015

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 11:22:09 AM

Call for papers: Normative Interventions

The relationship between political philosophy and political practice is among the oldest preoccupations of our discipline. The execution of Socrates is a metaphor for the dangers of taking philosophical arguments about civic life into the political arena. While the costs of “going public” are certainly no longer lethal, professional pitfalls remain for those who seek to influence policymakers and voters through their work. How can political philosophers do the kind of fine-grained, esoteric work prized by top journals, while also achieving the real-world impact that is increasingly demanded by university leadership? What sort of impact are political philosophers even positioned to make, and how can they best make it?  More...

Published: Sep 21, 2015 12:53:53 PM

UCL alumnus receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US

Dr. Kate Chandler, an alumnus from University College London, has received an Executive Master in Global Public Policy and Management Fulbright Award to enable her to study for one semester at New York University, Wagner, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.  She will return to UCL in January 2016 to complete her degree at the UCL School of Public Policy. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2015 10:15:24 AM

The 2015 General Election in Review

Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 on 3rd June 2015. More...

Published: Jun 25, 2015 3:50:48 PM

How can practitioners 'do governance differently'? DAC GovNet discussions

DLP's Deputy Director Dr David Hudson spoke about DLP’s contribution to A Governance Practioner’s Notebook: Alterative Ideas and Approaches at the 20th OECD DAC Network on Governance Plenary Meeting on 13 May.  More...

Published: Jun 4, 2015 9:54:15 AM

The Conflict & Change group contributes to the scientific understanding of political violence

SPP has a strong group of researchers studying the causes, dynamics, and consequences of political conflicts. For learning more about this research, check out our new Conflict & Change research cluster website! More...

Published: May 18, 2015 5:42:47 PM

Global Governance Institute – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Call for Expressions of Interest

Situated within the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy, the Global Governance Institute (GGI) invites expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researchers to apply jointly with a supervisor from the GGI to the European Commission’s MSCA Individual Fellowship scheme. Selected candidates will be hosted at GGI. More...

Published: May 14, 2015 11:36:04 AM

Another hung Parliament: what next?

In this short video Professor Robert Hazell explains how the new government will be formed if no single party gains an overall majority in the UK general election in May. More...

Published: Apr 17, 2015 2:19:00 PM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France. Imagine that, on 7 January, two British Jihadists had attacked the headquarters of the French far right newspaper Minute. One can easily guess the response in France: utter shock at the brutal assassination of journalists, condemnation of international jihadism, and determination to ignore the provocation.  More...

Published: Feb 27, 2015 3:03:38 PM

MPA in Public Administration and Management Fee Waiver Award

The School of Public Policy is pleased to announce a fee waiver award for candidates applying to study full-time on the MPA in Public Administration and Management in 2015/16. More...

Published: Feb 12, 2015 10:43:16 AM

Pentland Scholarship for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management 

The School of Public Policy at UCL invites applications for the Pentland Scholarship to support one individual undertaking its Global EMPA programme run jointly with NYU Wagner in New York.  The Global EMPA programme is intended to equip talented professionals, who have at least five years work experience, to develop their analytical skills and managerial competence so that they are able to provide public policy leadership in conditions of contemporary governance. More...

Published: Feb 12, 2015 10:43:16 AM

The Rt Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, on the Economy

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first female First Minister and the first female to lead any of the devolved UK administrations. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 10:18:05 AM

Outstanding REF Results

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014. More...

Published: Dec 18, 2014 1:45:02 PM

Video: Dominic Grieve QC MP on European Convention on Human Rights

Why It Matters that Conservatives Should Support the European Convention on Human Rights (3rd Dec 2014).

Published: Dec 11, 2014 10:29:17 AM

EMPA student Jayson Browder selected as Carnegie New Leader

Jayson Browder, a student in our Executive MPA programme, has been named a prestigious Carnegie New Leader by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He joins a select group of future public service leaders in the international field who will develop their skills through seminars, formal events, online dialogue, and analysis opportunities. The fellows also will have access to a platform to promote ethics in the global issues in which they are involved. More...

Published: Nov 7, 2014 12:16:07 PM

Meg Russell on Constitutional Consequences of Scottish Referendum

A yes vote would have meant a lot of work but the outcome puts the West Lothian question centre stage.

You can see Meg Russell's Observer article here.

Published: Sep 23, 2014 12:33:39 PM

New Fulbright Scholarship for the executive MPA Programme with NYU Wagner

We are pleased to announce that a Fulbright scholarship will be offered to an outstanding student from the United Kingdom who gains admission to the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management for the fall, 2015.

The Executive MPA is a joint degree of NYU Wagner and University College London, designed for experienced managers, rising leaders, and executives across sectors. Students in this integrated program spend the first semester in New York City, the second in London, and the summer in global locations at work on a Capstone project. The Fulbright deadline to apply for the new scholarship is October 31, 2014. For more details, please visit the Fulbright Commission. More...

Published: Sep 23, 2014 10:19:59 AM

Perceptions of Security & Governance in De-Facto and Partially-recognised states

On September 11 and 12, scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners working on and in so-called de facto states came together at UCL to discuss questions related to security and governance. The project grew out of Dr. Kristin M. Bakke’s ESRC-funded project on “After the War Ends,” which investigates state-building in de facto states born out of violent struggles.

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:32:46 AM

Dr Meg Russell on BBC Westminster Hour discussing the unsustainable House of Lords appointments

Dr Meg Russell was on the BBC Westminster Hour programme on Sunday 27 July  discussing unsustainable House of Lords appointments and the need for regulation. Dr Russell explains the most urgent Lords reform is the need to regulate unsustainable level of PM's appointments. Listen to the show on BBC website.

Dr Meg Russell was also quoted in The Times (24/07/2014) on the row over appointment of new peers.

Meg Russell says “The size of the Lords grew by around 70 between 1999 and 2010 under Blair and Brown, and if 20 peers are indeed to be appointed, it will have grown by around 120 more under Cameron. This is plainly completely unsustainable, and there is an urgent need to regulate the prime minister’s appointment power.”

“The Lords is now a serious legislative institution, with a major impact on policy. Particularly given the growing size of the chamber, dissolution and resignation honours lists are outdated indulgences that we can no longer afford,”

“The current appointments system is completely unsustainable, and now urgently needs independent regulation, including a transparent formula for allocating seats between the parties and an agreed maximum size. That the prime minister continues to decide the size and party balance of one chamber of parliament is no longer defensible.”

In her Westminster Hour interview Meg Russell expanded on these themes, stating:

”I think we really have to face up seriously now to the need to regulate prime ministerial appointments to the House of Lords. The House of Lords matters more to British politics than it has done for a long time... We have to introduce some kind of regulation system that first of all says what the maximum size of the chamber is (it’s very unusual to have a parliament with no maximum size), and then we need an agreed formula for appointments so that there’s some fair distribution of appointments between the parties, and the party leaders are told how many appointments they can have within the quota. I think we need to give that over to the House of Lords Appointments Commission or some other independent body that will, in an objective independent way, regulate the system.”

A full transcript of the interview is available here.

Published: Aug 11, 2014 3:13:03 PM

The Bellamy Discourse: President of Ireland Attends RIA Ethics Discourse at University of Limerick

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins opened a Discourse of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) on “International Human Rights and Democratic Public Ethics” at the University of Limerick on Friday June 6th.  The Discourse was given by Professor Richard Bellamy and attended by a capacity audience of over 190 invited guests and members of the public.

The Bellamy Discourse, which was developed under the auspices of ‘The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative’, examined the complex area of human rights and how best to defend them from the perspective of Governments and the Judiciary.

Speaking about his ethics initiative President Higgins said: “The aim of ‘The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative’ is to place the citizen at the centre of the debate about the future of our society by recovering a strong sense of the public world, and by using that public discourse to raise questions that go to the heart of the choices facing our society and institutions.  Since I launched this initiative in February, I have been greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm of our citizens for engaging with these profound questions and for formulating an alternative set of principles by which Irish people can represent and project their lives together. The response from all levels of our society has been remarkable.”

Professor Richard Bellamy is the director of the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute. His main research interests are in the History of European Social and Political Theory post-1750; Contemporary Analytical Legal and Political Philosophy; Public Ethics; Constitutionalism, Rights and the Rule of Law; Citizenship, Representation and Democracy, and their application to issues of Global Governance, especially the European Union

Speaking from the event UL President, Professor Don Barry said “The President of Ireland has asked us to further the national discourse on ethics, to enhance awareness of ethical responsibility and to engage the community in a serious debate on ethical standards. Given the challenging times that we live in, it could be argued that there has never been a more pressing case for a renewal of our national focus on Ethics.  The topic of today’s discourse is ‘International Human Rights and Democratic Public Ethics’ and is held under the auspices of the President of Ireland Ethics Initiative in association with the 2014 Limerick City of Culture.”

Professor Mary E. Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy said: “'As President of the Royal Irish Academy, I am delighted to have the privilege of welcoming President Higgins and Professor Bellamy to speak at our discourse held here in the magnificent surroundings of the University of Limerick. Through his Presidential Ethics Initiative, which is being supported by the Royal Irish Academy, the President has played a singularly important role in exploring the ethical connection between economy and society.  Today's discourse by Professor Richard Bellamy, who is one of the foremost authors on the concepts of public ethics and citizenship, will make a powerful contribution to that debate, by exploring the interface between international human rights and democratic public ethics.”

The University of Limerick is hosting a number of public debates, academic conferences and key note speeches on ‘Ethics’ across a variety of sectors in response to  the President of Ireland Ethics Initiative.  More...

Published: May 29, 2014 3:23:56 PM

Foreign fighters don’t always help

One of the policy concerns about violent conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Russia’s North Caucasus region, Somalia, and the ongoing war in Syria has been that these struggles could attract and breed foreign fighters. Yet  we know relatively little about the ways in which foreign fighters, once they arrive, influence the struggles they join. I argue, in my article in the spring 2014 issue of International Security, that foreign fighters may actually weaken the rebel movements they come to support. More...

Published: May 29, 2014 3:23:56 PM

The Eighth European Parliament: More politicization

Article from, May 26, 2014. More...

Published: May 27, 2014 12:21:12 PM

Fiscal blackmail - Lessons from behavioural economics can boost tax compliance

Article from The Economist, May 24, 2014. More...

Published: May 27, 2014 10:14:25 AM

Summer School for Prospective Students June 2014

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Published: Apr 15, 2014 4:05:10 PM

Department of Political Science surpasses 200 videos

The Department of Political Science's videos today published our 201th video. More...

Published: Apr 9, 2014 4:00:22 PM

Is China Becoming a New Global Hegemon?

Panel Discussion organised by IPPR and School of Public Policy More...

Published: Apr 9, 2014 3:27:27 PM

Sir Roderic Lyne talks about the Ukraine Crisis

Roderic Lyne visited the School of Public Policy and examined the Ukrainian crisis in the wider context of Russian policy and attitudes since the collapse of the Soviet Union. What triggered the Russian threats to Ukraine? What are Russia’s objectives there? How does this fit into Russian policy towards the “post-Soviet space”? Is Russia expansionist or defensive, resurgent or vulnerable? Are we still coping with the aftershocks of the Soviet implosion – and for how long? Does Russia’s behaviour reflect a view of the world which will last beyond the Putin regime? More...

Published: Apr 4, 2014 1:02:39 PM

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