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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute


See here for a range of European Institute produced publications, all downloadable free of charge form the website. They include in-house edited volumes of short articles, as well as discussion papers and article-length working papers from UCL and external scholars specialising on Europe and the European Union. Often, these will have grown out of, or provide input into, public panel discussions and workshops organised by the Institute.

EINote 2: Britain and the European Convention of Human Rights

This fact sheet discusses the main debates relating to the application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK today. It considers in particular:  

• The question of withdrawal from the Convention system and the creation of a British Bill of rights. 
• Ways of reforming the current institutional framework so as to achieve a smoother relationship between the ECHR and the UK. 

Eleni Frantziou, Dr. Virginia Mantouvalou

5 Pages
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EINote 1: Pathways to EU Reform

This fact sheet discusses the three main options for reform and the challenges associated with them in the current political and institutional, British and European context. It considers in particular:

• Reform of the EU’s Treaties
• Opt-outs and flexible opt-ins
• Policy change: adopting new legislation or changing existing laws

Lenka Niederschuh, Dr. Christine Reh

5 Pages
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 Britain & Europe: Policy Briefs / 2013-14

These seven briefings are part of the year-long project Britain & Europe, run with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe. Topics include: Referendum (EU Act 2011), European Convention of Human Rights, Single Market.

Eleni Frantziou, Alma Mozetic

Uta Staiger, Sarah Chaytor

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The Eurozone Crisis and the Democratic Deficit / October 2013

The contributions in this edited volume discuss the implications the Eurozone crisis is likely to have for the democratic standards of the Union and its Member States, specifically with regard to citizens’ perceptions of and participation in EU policy making.

Richard Bellamy, Francis Cheneval, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Ulrike Guérot, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Philippe van Parijs and Andrew Walton.

Richard Bellamy, Uta Staiger

21 pages
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 Interdisciplinary Views on Political Representation in the EU

Working Paper 4 / August 2012

This working paper documents the responses by 38 academics and experts from different disciplines on four key questions: the definition of democratic representation, its main challenges in the EU, political responses to it, and future research agendas.

Dr Sandra Kröger (University of Exeter)

124 pages
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Rethinking European Integration after the Debt Crisis


Working Paper 3 / June 2012

In this paper, Giandomenico Majone discusses how the Eurozone crisis could and should be used to identify the structural flaws of what has been called the “Community Method”, broadly understood, and to see how the integration process could continue – if necessary along different lines.

Professor Giandomenico Majone (European University Institute)

34 pages
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EU Citizenship and the Market/ December 2011

The bulk of rights that come with EU citizenship are still related to the internal market. Is the increasing expansion of this “market citizenship” through ECJ rulings undermining social solidarity? Or could these rights, which allow European citizens to move to and settle in another Member States, lead them to identify more closely with their fellow Europeans?

Rainer Bauböck, Richard Bellamy, Christian Joppke, Dora Kostakopoulou, Dimitry Kochenov, madeleine kennedy-macfoy, Uta Staiger. Foreword by Jonathan Scheele.

Richard Bellamy, Uta Staiger

30 pages
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Event Report: Economic and Political Reform in South East Europe/ December 2011

This report summarises the presentations and discussions made at the EU-Balkans Ambassadorial Roundtable, organised by the Institute with IBDE in November 2011. Speakers included Professor Slavo Radosevic (UCL SSEES), Peter Sanfey (EBRD), Laza Kekic (Economist Intelligence Unit), Dr Eric Gordy (UCL SSEES), Dr Marko Hoare (Kingston University). 

Rudi Guraziu, Epidamn Zeqo (IBDE)

20 pages
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The EU Hits Home - The Domestic Deficits of Representative Democracy in EU Affairs

Working Paper 2/November 2011

This paper explores whether domestic representative institutions are capable of living up to the normative role assigned to them and argues that to a degree that capacity has been eroded by the very process of European integration they are now supposed to control.

Professor Richard Bellamy (UCL), Dr Sandra Kröger (Exeter)

24 pages
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Still the Europe of Milward? On the Need for a New Long-Term Historical Understanding of Today’s Europe

Working Paper 1/September 2011

Taking its point of departure from the work of the late Alan Milward, this paper argues for a new historical understanding of the European integration process.

Professor Bo Stråth (University of Helsinki)

33 pages
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 The Future of Healthcare in Europe/ August 2011

European governments face a growing number of major health challenges, which are putting unprecedented pressures on public health systems. As this volume's contributors show, the distributive ethic of European healthcare is likely to be increasingly tested as demands on healthcare provision and access for high-quality care increase and cost pressures intensify.

Albert Weale, Jonathan Wolff, Michael Marmot. Foreword by John Tooke.

Sarah Chaytor and Uta Staiger

54 pages
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