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The Democratic Duty to Oppose Brexit

Text of a lecture delivered to the Policy and Practice Seminar, School of Public Policy, University College London, by Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, on Thursday 8 December 2016. This text may be reproduced in whole or in part provided the source is acknowledged.

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Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) PhD Scholarships 

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is funding two PhD scholarships, which are held at the School of Public Policy at UCL.  The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), commonly known as ‘the nudge unit’, is a social purpose company jointly owned by the UK Government, Nesta, and its employees. BIT started as a unit in the Cabinet Office, charged with providing behavioural insights into public policy.  The team has tested many innovations in public services, such overdue tax reminders, welfare services, and educational attainment just to name a few. 

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What about the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity by Dave Pickering

Last Monday, students, faculty and staff filled a UCL lecture hall to the brim in anticipation of the sardonically titled event What about the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity, a show by Dave Pickering. Pickering is a Hackney based writer, freelance story teller, podcaster and creator of the #ManSurvey - an integral part of his show which captures the perspectives of 1,000 men on topics such as gender, feminism, misandry, privilege and patriarchy through an anonymous online survey. 

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Donald Trump and Climate Change Policy: What can he actually accomplish? 

Donald Trump’s victory on November 8th has the potential to dramatically reshape American environmental policies and efforts to combat climate change.  Trump has made no secret of his belief that climate change is not real and during the 2016 election campaign, he pledged to “cancel” the Paris Agreement on climate change, as well as boost employment in the production of fossil fuels, most notably the coal industry.  Thus, a Trump Administration does promise a shift in environmental policy, but how much of one?  With Republicans in control of the Senate, the House of Representatives, as well as most state governments, President-elect Trump will have a wide degree of latitude for breaking away from President Obama’s policies designed to combat climate change.  However, even with the stars aligned for the Republican Party, Trump will face resistance at different levels of government, as well as from market forces, which will likely blunt his ability to produce the far-reaching change he desires.  

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September 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to a new academic year at the School of Public Policy. As at every time this year, we are looking forward to welcoming our new students from around the world and beginning our eight Masters courses, MPA and of course, the second year of our new PPE Programme. 

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April 2016 Newsletter

This was another vibrant term at the School of Public Policy with a great mixture of events; public talks, seminars, academic round-tables and student-led events, as well as career events and events organised by our societies, IPPR and IPAS. 

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