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    How Karl Polanyi can help us understand the threat posed by populism

How Karl Polanyi can help us understand the threat posed by populism

Populist politicians frequently champion direct democracy, yet other actors view populists as a threat to the democratic system. Ben Margulies draws on the work of Karl Polanyi in attempting to resolve this contradiction. He explains that populists typically believe democracy should be a vehicle for the people’s will, but crucially the people may never have the chance to change […]

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    Breached or protected? The ‘principle’ of consent in Northern Ireland and the UK government’s Brexit proposals

Breached or protected? The ‘principle’ of consent in Northern Ireland and the UK government’s Brexit proposals

The UK government published a policy paper this week that attempts to counter unionist concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement and its potential impact on Northern Ireland’s place in the United Kingdom. Underpinning this paper is the government’s commitment to ‘maintain absolutely the principle of consent’. Katy Hayward and David Phinnemore explain the origins and significance of this concept in the contemporary politics of […]

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The gilets jaunes: The good, the bad and the ugly

The gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement in France currently has no affiliation with established political parties. As Anne Daguerre explains, this lack of a clear political platform has given rise to debates on the French left over whether the movement should be welcomed as a force for progressive politics or viewed with suspicion as an emanation of the populist […]

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Brexit: On being more or less semi-detached

In less than three months, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union. Martin Westlake writes that despite Brexit, internal and external forces are driving European states towards ever closer relations. The UK will remain an integral part of an ever-closer Europe, whatever the fine detail of its relations with the EU.

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    How to measure subjective poverty in France – and what this tells us about the anger of the Yellow Vests

How to measure subjective poverty in France – and what this tells us about the anger of the Yellow Vests

The ‘Yellow Vests’ protest movement which began in France at the end of 2018 has uncovered widespread anger among French citizens. But as Nicolas Duvoux and Adrien Papuchon explain, it is difficult to fully capture the scale of this resentment from an analysis of available poverty measures. Instead they suggest that an indicator of ‘subjective poverty’ is required to […]

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Greece: A tale of two migration stories

Greece was at the epicentre of both the Eurozone and migration crises, but as Gemma Bird and Amanda Russell Beattie write, each crisis has left a notably different mark on the country. Nowhere is this more evident than in Greek migration policy, where efforts to welcome investment and workers from abroad stand in striking contrast to the treatment of […]

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Will Law and Justice win this year’s elections in Poland?

Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice, has based its appeal on claiming to offer socio-economic stability and prosperity while downplaying controversial issues to avoid mobilising its opponents. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that ahead of parliamentary elections later this year, the party retains a lead in the polls and is still viewed as more credible than the liberal-centrist opposition on the […]

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Our top five articles of 2018

To mark the end of 2018 we’ve compiled a list of our most read articles from the last year, measured by page views.

Immigration was a key topic in Italy’s election campaign, with several candidates arguing that the flow of people into the country during the migration crisis has increased the risk of crime. But has immigration really generated more crime […]

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Five charts on European politics in 2018

To mark the end of 2018 we’ve compiled a list of five charts on some of the major stories from the last twelve months in European politics.

In many EU states, wage growth has been lagging behind productivity growth over recent decades. Bela Galgoczi examined why wages and productivity – essential for a fair distribution of the spoils of economic […]

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    Robotisation could help ‘reshore’ manufacturing jobs back to Europe

Robotisation could help ‘reshore’ manufacturing jobs back to Europe

Automation will have a major impact on the future of work, with many jobs that exist today potentially being replaced by automated processes. Toon van Overbeke argues that as technology is becoming cheaper and more advanced, the cost-benefit analysis of off-shoring could well be changing away from further outsourcing and towards reshoring manufacturing back to Europe.

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Can millennials save the labour movement?

Young workers are less likely than older workers to be union members even though they may have a more favourable view of unions. Maite Tapia, Lowell Turner and Salil R. Sapre argue that unions can be reinvigorated by tapping into young people’s energy, creativity and transformative leadership potential.

Millennials – born between 1980 and 2000 – are disproportionately employed in low […]

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Europe beyond Brexit: What’s next?

While the scheduled date of Brexit is fast approaching, the British public debate, which is focused on the current state of the exit negotiations and the outlooks for the future relationship, mainly represents the UK’s point of view. This is why the LSE European Institute and the LSE School of Public Policy jointly hosted a panel event aimed at […]

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    The party politics of Brexit will define Britain for the foreseeable future

The party politics of Brexit will define Britain for the foreseeable future

As 2018 comes to a close, it still remains uncertain how Brexit will be implemented, or whether a new election or referendum will be called before the issue is resolved. Helen Parr assesses what the long-term impact of Brexit is likely to be on British politics in the years and decades to come.

The politics of Brexit are the politics […]

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    EU climate leadership in Katowice helped deliver the deal on the Paris Agreement rulebook

EU climate leadership in Katowice helped deliver the deal on the Paris Agreement rulebook

The United Nations climate conference held in Katowice (COP24) earlier this month produced a deal on implementing the Paris climate agreement. But what role did the EU have in the negotiations? Charles F. Parker and Christer Karlsson explain that in the absence of a constructive approach from the United States, the EU sought to provide leadership by working together […]

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    Privatising the nation: Why Europe needs to separate the ‘nation’ from the ‘state’

Privatising the nation: Why Europe needs to separate the ‘nation’ from the ‘state’

Does the nation state have a future in Europe? Joan Costa Font writes that several developments in European politics, including mobility/migration, weakening national identities, and the rise of regional secessionist movements should prompt a reassessment of what a nation state is in modern Europe. He suggests a clear separation is needed between national cultures, which should be opted into […]

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    Harnessing entrepreneurship: A generational challenge for Greece

Harnessing entrepreneurship: A generational challenge for Greece

Throughout Greek history, economic crisis has been the impulse for progress. Michael Cottakis argues that today, again, a crisis must be used to spark a brighter dawn for the country. Greece’s future depends on the emergence of a youthful new movement of entrepreneurs to supply the country with new economic dynamism.

Pre-classical Greece was one of the Mediterranean’s poorest regions. […]

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    Poland has become Europe’s growth champion, but can this success continue?

Poland has become Europe’s growth champion, but can this success continue?

The Polish economy has become a key European success story, with the country recording high levels of growth since 1989 and making strides in ‘catching up’ with Western Europe. Based on a new book, Marcin Piatkowski identifies the roots of Poland’s success and what the country must do to continue its progress in the coming decades.

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    Merkel’s decision to stay on may have set the stage for turbulence at the end of her Chancellorship

Merkel’s decision to stay on may have set the stage for turbulence at the end of her Chancellorship

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will succeed Angela Merkel as the leader of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, but Merkel will continue as German Chancellor for the time being. Robert Ledger and Peter Finn write that in the short-term, Kramp-Karrenbauer’s success has reduced the likelihood of imminent elections, but the German party system is currently in a state of flux and there […]

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How will ‘Polexit’ play out in Polish politics?

The claim by Poland’s liberal-centrist opposition that the country’s Law and Justice government wants to take Poland out of the EU is potentially extremely dangerous for the ruling party. Aleks Szczerbiak explains that to neutralise the opposition’s apparently effective narrative, the Polish government is now trying to defuse its row with the EU institutions while leaving the core of […]

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    France and Germany control the agenda and broker compromises, but they do not dictate Eurozone reforms

France and Germany control the agenda and broker compromises, but they do not dictate Eurozone reforms

The Franco-German relationship is often viewed as one of the key drivers of EU decision-making. But what impact does cooperation between France and Germany actually have on EU politics? Based on a new study of Economic and Monetary Union reforms negotiated between 2010 and 2015, Hanno Degner illustrates that the two countries exert influence by controlling the agenda and […]

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