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This section showcases articles from LSE academics, students and alumni which have appeared on EUROPP – European Politics and Policy.

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    Topic-modelling the 2019 European Parliament elections: The long awaited battle over the ‘soul of Europe’?

Topic-modelling the 2019 European Parliament elections: The long awaited battle over the ‘soul of Europe’?

The campaign for the next European Parliament elections in May is now entering full swing. Miriam Sorace presents a detailed analysis of the platforms of the main European Party Groups ahead of the vote and assesses what the political consequences of the election might be for the EU over the next five years.

In his speech at the December […]

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The European state has become a modern Leviathan

The management of the EU budget and the role of the European Commission in the EU policy process have been key topics in debates over European integration in recent decades. César Baena and Michael Neubert argue that the growth in EU bureaucracy that has occurred during the integration process raises questions about how taxpayers’ money is being spent. But […]

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LSE IQ podcast: Should we fear the rise of the far right?

Right-wing populism is on the rise across the globe. The US, Brazil, India, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Poland have radical right-wing politicians as leaders or in government. Far right parties have also chalked up major electoral triumphs in countries like Sweden, France and Germany. And the UK’s vote to leave the EU was a decision encouraged, in part, by […]

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    Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

Book Review: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour

In Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, Bruno Latour explores the political and philosophical challenges proper to a time defined by an environmental and socio-economic crisis. Rodrigo Muñoz-González welcomes this energetic, compelling and provocative attempt to find an alternative vision to the contradictory and flawed project of modernity. 
Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Bruno Latour (trans. by Catherine […]

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    Why is the EU unable to adopt a binding solidarity mechanism for the distribution of asylum seekers?

Why is the EU unable to adopt a binding solidarity mechanism for the distribution of asylum seekers?

Under the so called ‘Dublin Regulation’, asylum seekers are usually deemed to be the responsibility of the country where they first entered the EU. But following the migration crisis that began in 2015, there have been efforts to reform this system given it places greater strain on countries such as Italy and Greece, who faced large inflows due to […]

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    How electoral systems affect support for populist parties in Europe

How electoral systems affect support for populist parties in Europe

Several radical right and radical left parties in Europe have seen their support increase in recent years. But how do electoral systems affect the potential for such parties to attract voters? James Downes and Edward Chan explain that while there is an assumption the radical right and left will benefit from proportional representation systems, the reality is somewhat more […]

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    No-deal Brexit nears as May creates temporary illusion of party unity

No-deal Brexit nears as May creates temporary illusion of party unity

Recent votes in the UK Parliament prove that it is no more capable of agreeing where to go next on Brexit than the cabinet. As Theresa May creates the temporary illusion of party unity, a no-deal Brexit grows ever closer, writes John Ryan. However, the political fallout associated with the economic hit of No Deal – or any form of harder Brexit […]

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    The EU as an evolving compromise between French dirigism and German ordoliberalism

The EU as an evolving compromise between French dirigism and German ordoliberalism

France and Germany are often credited with being the key driving forces behind European integration. However, as Laurent Warlouzet explains, both states have approached the integration process from distinct ideological standpoints, with French dirigism and German ordoliberalism lying at opposite ends of the economic policy spectrum. In an EU without the UK, this clash will continue to be a […]

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    Assessing the revival of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans

Assessing the revival of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans

Several efforts aimed at giving greater impetus to the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans took place in 2018, but without securing substantive results. Anna Nadibaidze outlines some of the major challenges that remain for the process as the EU seeks to balance its aspirations for influence in the region against concerns over what future enlargement might mean […]

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An assassination in Poland: Charity and political hate

On 13 January, Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, was fatally stabbed during a charity event. Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer writes that while the attacker reportedly had a history of mental illness, the reaction to the murder has uncovered deep political divisions that now exist in Polish society.

Paweł Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdańsk, was fatally stabbed on Sunday while standing on […]

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    New tricks for an old hand: Getting Brexit through Parliament

New tricks for an old hand: Getting Brexit through Parliament

Theresa May’s government won a confidence vote on Wednesday, 24 hours after the Prime Minister’s plan for Brexit was rejected. Benjamin Martill and Leo von Bülow-Quirk argue that amidst the confusion that now hangs over the process, there are three avenues available: to make piecemeal modifications to the initial Brexit agreement in the hope of winning parliamentary support, to […]

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    Strengthening the rule of law in the Western Balkans: Why should the EU care?

Strengthening the rule of law in the Western Balkans: Why should the EU care?

One of the main conditions set by the EU for aspiring members in the Western Balkans is to strengthen the rule of law, but the success of these efforts has so far been relatively limited. Drawing on a new study, Tena Prelec explains some of the major challenges that exist in the region and outlines why promoting the rule […]

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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.

The European continent is covered by […]

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    Book Review: Council Democracy: Towards a Democratic Socialist Politics edited by James Muldoon

Book Review: Council Democracy: Towards a Democratic Socialist Politics edited by James Muldoon

In Council Democracy: Towards a Democratic Socialist Politics, editor James Muldoon brings together contributors to reopen discussion of councilist ideas and movements and to take the scholarship into new realms. While the chapters evidence the continuing tensions within the literature, this is a welcome and important contribution to the revival of this deeply emancipatory form of democratic socialism, writes Babak Amini. 
Council Democracy: Towards a […]

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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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    Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

Book Review: Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy by Steve Coulter

For many of us, economics appears too abstract and rooted in assumptions that make individuals seem unfamiliar as human subjects. In Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy, Steve Coulter seeks to tackle these perceptions by offering an accessible take on economics that shows how it has relevance to different aspects of our everyday lives, from health to shopping and housing. Coulter […]

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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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    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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    Was Georgia’s presidential election a pyrrhic victory for Georgian Dream?

Was Georgia’s presidential election a pyrrhic victory for Georgian Dream?

Salome Zourabichvili is set to take office as the new President of Georgia on 16 December, following her victory in the second round of the country’s presidential election on 28 November. Max Fras writes that although Zourabichvili eventually pulled through, the fact that she was pushed so close in the first round of voting should set alarm bells ringing […]

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