The Seminar series will be taking place throughout the spring/summer semester

2019 CEG Seminar series: the UK and the EU: changing politics and policies.

The Centre for European Governance is an interdisciplinary research centre combining political science, legal, economic and historical approaches to the study of Europe and the European Union. Our aim is to provide usable knowledge for policy-makers and organisations; to engage citizens on the future of the UK in Europe as well as engaging in academic debate. These seminars provide a series of academic talks into the changing politics and policies of Europe including Brexit and the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.

 January 29th  6-7pm - Michael Winter: The implications for CAP and the farming sector.

 February 12th 6-7pm - Alison Harcourt: Brexit and the Single Digital Market ( 

Professor Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter) will speak about the roadmap for the EU's Digital Single Market (DSM) outlining different scenarios for the UK’s trade in digital services post-Brexit including discussion of the EU’s recent copyright package, the GDPR, e-privacy revision and audio-visual media services.

 March 12th 6-7pm - Nicole Bolleyer: Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Europe? National Approaches to the Legal Regulation of Organized Civil Society ( 

Long considered a problem of ‘third countries’, concerns about ‘shrinking civil society space’ have moved to the heart of the European Union: confronted with the challenges of terrorism, financial crises and populist governments numerous member states have passed legislation constraining civil society organizations (e.g. EC 2018; CoE 2018; FRA 2018). Indeed, expert data suggests that since the early 2000s, government control over civil society organizations increased in 2/3rds of EU member states. Taking this development as a starting point, this talk will deal with how long-lived democracies shape legal space for civil society as determined by the legislation they apply to civil society organizations (which, in turn, significantly shapes organizations’ capacity to function and to perform key tasks). It does so first from a cross-national perspective considering how 19 long-lived democracies differ in how they legally regulate the formation, operation (access to core activities and resources) and dissolution of voluntary membership organizations focusing on the constraints they apply to the latter. It then takes a longitudinal perspective considering how legal regulation evolved in democracies such as the UK and Sweden that show very distinct dispositions in how they regulate organized civil society.

 March 26th 6-7pm - Joasia Luzak: "Piercing the Internet's veil under the New Deal" (taking place at LSE - 

"Piercing the Internet's veil under the New Deal" : Associate Professor Joasia Luzak (University of Exeter) will discuss the New Deal package proposed by the European Commission in 2018 and its chances of increasing transparency in online marketplaces.

 May 7th 6-7pm - Sandra Kröger: The UK’s future relationship with Europe. (taking place at LSE -

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU has accelerated research and political reflections on how institutionally flexible membership of the EU should be. The idea of differentiated integration (DI), by which some member states move forward in selected policy areas whilst others opt out, is increasingly embraced as a sensible and pragmatic way to revive the integration process. Those who favour various forms of DI might do so because they consider that increasing Euroscepticism throughout the EU implies that the EU should evolve into a less centralized and more flexible organization; or that the UK’s defection may act as an incentive for some other countries to advance the integration project more vigorously, not least to guard against disintegration in the EU’s centre. From this perspective, the consolidation of a strong eurozone core with a more loosely integrated circle of countries around it is seen as possibly the most realistic option against the forces of nationalism. Either way, such scenarios would result in a Europe with an inner circle, the EU, with deep and political integration, and an outer circle with less integration, in which countries such the UK would have a say on EU policies but ultimate formal authority would remain with the EU.  However, the growing acceptance that the EU’s future may lie in more institutional diversity leaves unanswered the possible drawbacks of such differentiation and how it could be organized in a fair way. This talk will present the rationale for DI as well as consider its potential advantages and disadvantages, with the latter involving legitimacy and solidarity issues.

 June 4th 6-7pm - Lamprini Rori: Mapping the European far right in Europe.

 June 18th 6-7pm - Athanassios Gouglas: Explaining party change across Europe ( 

In the present talk Athanassios will explore the causes of aggregate MP renewal in West European parties, drawing on data from the PARL-TURN dataset for the period 1945-2015. Legislative turnover within individual parties is an almost neglected topic in both the party change and the legislative turnover literatures. Yet, the topic is important. Political parties and the party system are ‘prime movers’ of political personnel renewal in parliaments. The major exception to the dominance of parties in respect to legislative turnover has traditionally been the United States, where parties are less powerful than in other democracies However, outside the US ‘recruitment of legislators is usually more structured, thanks to the intrusive role of political parties’. During the talk Athanassios will present descriptive trends on party level MP renewal for the whole population of parliamentary parties (N=1359) after 152 general elections in eight west European lower and unicameral chambers in the period 1945-2015. He will also examine the effects of certain crucial politico-institutional variables at the party level, the majority of which have not been tested in an internationally comparative and historically comprehensive fashion: party ideology; leadership change; splits and mergers; party name changes; electoral coalitions and cartels; party institutionalisation; participation in government; gender quotas; party strength.


Audio of the talks that have already taken place have been uploaded to our Soundcloud page here


The seminars will take place at Europe House in London. For more information about the events email CEG administrator Francesca Farmer ( 

Date: 14 January 2019