Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL SSEES, assesses Boris Johnson’s decisions as PM. She notes that his behaviour is perfectly understandable, and perhaps even predictable, if we adopt a rational choice perspective. As such, he is a useful case study for those seeking to study such behavioural models. Boris Johnson’s recent election victory may have upset many, but on the bright side it could be … Continue reading Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, begins by outlining the limitations of EU security and defence cooperation. He then explains that cooperation post-Brexit will be difficult, as the EU will set a high bar for UK participation in its security initiatives, and both sides have an incentive to show they can function without the other. Brexit has created … Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  The question of how much power and influence … Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Luis González García is a trade lawyer at Matrix Chambers. Here he explains what the ‘level playing field’ means and why it is going to seriously complicate the Brexit trade negotiations.  The UK has left the EU. Now negotiators from both sides need to reconcile their diverging interests. The UK wants to have the ability to change its regulations in order to compete in the … Continue reading UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States

David Gow, Editor of Sceptical.scot, assesses the strategies which smaller EU member states use to influence EU industrial and green strategy. Focusing on success stories like Finland and Denmark, he outlines important lessons for Scotland.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  Towards the end of its six-month EU presidency, in late … Continue reading Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States