Matt Wood

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    Europe’s legitimacy crisis isn’t just about identity, it’s about institutions

Europe’s legitimacy crisis isn’t just about identity, it’s about institutions

The UK’s decision to vote for Brexit has been viewed by many observers as proof that the European Union suffers from a deep crisis of legitimacy. As Matt Wood highlights, this crisis is often conceived of in identity terms, with a large number of EU citizens no longer feeling ‘European’ or identifying with the goals of European integration. However, he […]

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    The EU’s new white paper underlines why Europe needs to be more open to its citizens

The EU’s new white paper underlines why Europe needs to be more open to its citizens

At the start of March, the European Commission published a white paper ‘On the Future of Europe’. Vivien Schmidt and Matt Wood assess the Commission’s proposals, arguing that while the paper’s focus on differentiated integration is pragmatically useful under the current circumstances, this strategy could exacerbate distrust in the EU if it is not accompanied by greater accountability and […]

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Book Review: The Relevance of Political Science

This collection engages directly with how political science can achieve wider relevance as a discipline. Matt Wood finds the book to be a must read for any scholar interested in the impact debate. However he also notes that more attention could be spent justifying to society why the theoretical and conceptual work political scientists already do is intimately valuable […]

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