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

Britain, Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision final takes place this Saturday in Stockholm. The UK has been a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1957 and has won five times. In recent years, the UK has performed woefully and has finished last three times and once without receiving a single point at all, the infamous ‘nul points’. Historian Dean Vuletic of the University of Vienna, takes a look … Continue reading Britain, Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest