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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
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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

Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory.
Gesine Manuwald
11 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Global Corruption


Laurence Cockcroft: Author of Global Corruption - Money, Power and Ethics in the Modern World.

Corruption is a key issue which relates to economic development, income distribution and the credibility of political institutions. Laurence asked the question: Why is corruption so prevalent after fifteen years of international action, much of which has translated into legislation and regulation at the national level? He responded by analysing the main drivers of corruption and identify the roadblocks to making progress.

Susan Rose-Ackerman: Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence with joint appointments between Yale Law School and the Yale Department of Political Science.

International Actors and the Promises and Pitfalls of Anti-Corruption Reform Policies; to control corruption will always be controversial and contested, especially when anti-corruption measures are imposed or supported by international actors—most notably aid and lending bodies, global non-profits, or international treaty regimes. The talk considered feasible options for international bodies operating under severe political and financial constraints.


Global Corruption from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


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