The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

The Lisbon Treaty introduced the most far-reaching reforms to EU foreign and security policy cooperation since the 1990s. In the following piece, Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol) and Nicholas Wright (UCL) explain the effects of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU’s Political and Security Committee, and how the committee is now battling to maintain its influence. This piece was originally written for the LSE’s European … Continue reading The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

Three Myths about Business Lobbying in the European Union Busted

In this post, David Coen, Professor of Public Policy at UCL, Dr. Alexander Katsaitis, Fellow in Public Policy & Administration at the LSE, Dr. Matia Vannoni, Lecturer in Public Policy at KCL, dispel three myths around business lobbying in the EU to reveal how it’s instead based on a nuanced and layered interaction. Continue reading Three Myths about Business Lobbying in the European Union Busted

Why we must go beyond the “backsliding paradigm”

Seán Hanley, Associate Professor in Comparative Central and East European Politics, UCL SSEES and Licia Cianetti, Research Fellow at the Royal Holloway University of London, argue why we must move beyond the “backsliding paradigm” by demonstrating how it can lead to reproducing, in reverse, the transition paradigm. They draw on lessons from East-Central Europe to propose a broader focus. Continue reading Why we must go beyond the “backsliding paradigm”

Potemkin Parliamentarism and the Project to Redesign the Russian State Duma

Michal Murawski, Lecturer in Critical Area Studies, and Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics, both from UCL SSEES, describe the story of how an ambitious parliamentary speaker, inspired by a blog post shared on Facebook, attempted to redesign the State Duma building to make it appear more democratic. Continue reading Potemkin Parliamentarism and the Project to Redesign the Russian State Duma