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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: Mar 18, 2015 2:19:12 PM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

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. The only way not to give the terrorists an easy victory, we would have been urged, is to stay calm, and keep going (to coin a phrase). This, roughly, would also have been an appropriate response to the actual events of 7 January. Unfortunately, the fact that the attack was perpetrated against a satirical, left-leaning, anti-religious newspaper by jihadists of French nationality scrambled all our ethico-political compasses. Our reaction has made us more, rather than less, exposed to the Islamist threat. 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

Videos of SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series

Jonathan Powell talked about his new book, 'Talking to Terrorists How to end armed conflicts', to be published next year. The thesis of the book is that governments say they will never negotiate with terrorists but nearly always end up doing so and when they eventually come to do so they have usually forgotten the lessons learned from their last encounter and have to start from scratch. The book looks at the moral and practical question of whether it is right to talk to terrorists and then looks at past successes in South Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and Spain as well as those cases where talks have failed, like Sri Lanka. The book also looks at historical experiences with Lloyd George and the IRA in 1919 to 1921 and the French in Algeria. It concludes that it is always right to talk to terrorists but it may not always be the right moment to enter into negotiations. Powell argues that no group should be beyond the pale, and that we should be ready to talks to Hamas, the Taliban and even Al Qaeda.

Published: Feb 24, 2014 4:48:50 PM

Meg Russell's new book on the House of Lords has been shortlisted for Practical Politics Book of the Year

Meg Russell's book 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived' has been shortlisted in the Practical Politics Book of the Year category at the Political Book Awards 2014.

Published: Feb 17, 2014 3:47:02 PM

Video - Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland'

This video contains flash photography.

Published: Feb 14, 2014 12:32:35 PM

The SNP response on keeping the pound - Press Release

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister will be in London today to give a lecture on 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland' before students and guests of UCL’s School of Public Policy.

Published: Feb 13, 2014 12:06:14 PM

Video: Making Capitalism Fit for Society

The Political Quarterly, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy at UCL and The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck hosted a public debate about Colin Crouch's new book Making Capitalism Fit for Society on 30 January 2014. More...

Published: Feb 11, 2014 3:08:18 PM

Steven Rathgeb Smith's (Executive Director of the American Political Science Association) visit at UCL SPP

Professor Steven Rathgeb Smith is the new Executive Director of the American Political Science Association (APSA), of which he has been a member for over 30 years. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and has taught at a number of major American universities, including Duke and Georgetown. Steven is a leading scholar on non-profit organisations, public management and social policy. More...

Published: Feb 6, 2014 11:16:28 AM

Video: Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament

Dr Christine Reh, Director of UCL’s Master in European Public Policy, talks to Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament. More...

Published: Dec 12, 2013 3:35:06 PM

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve - Let voters express their views on how their tax is spent

Tax avoidance is one of the great economic scourges and social injustices of our times. The psychology is simple: why pay the State more when perfectly legal wheezes can reduce your burden?

Published: Dec 6, 2013 3:40:55 PM

Video: Rt Hon Mr Jack Straw MP on Global Governance

The Rt Hon Jack Straw joined us at the UCL Institute of Global Governance (IGG) on 28 November to talk about the strengths and limitations of the UN system. Jack also spoke in his capacity as the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board to the recently launched IGG. More...

Published: Dec 3, 2013 4:05:57 PM

Jack Straw and the Institute of Global Governance

As former Foreign Secretary (2000-2006) and with extensive experience of multilateral  diplomacy at the highest levels, the Rt Hon Jack Straw is exceptionally well-placed to reflect on the strengths and limitations of the UN system.  Faced with the  mounting instability of an unmanaged global system, combined  with significant power shifts to the Global South, can the UN, the pre-eminent multilateral governance system of the 20th Century, change its business practices and meaningfully reform to meet the challenges of the 21st Century?  Such  questions provide the backdrop to this timely lecture by one of the UK’s leading figures in global diplomacy.

Published: Nov 21, 2013 2:48:37 PM

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