Upcoming events

Where is the EU-UK relationship heading in the medium-term? A conjoint survey experiment of Brexit trade-offs @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The Brexit deal, as represented by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) is the start of a new relationship between the UK and the EU. As the economic and political consequences of Brexit play out, there will be pressure to change the TCA, either in a “softer” or “harder” direction in one particular issue area or another. To try to find out where the EU-UK relationship might be heading in the medium-term Simon Hix and his co-authors conducted a conjoint survey experiment with a random sample of British voters, where they were asked to choose between different hypothetical “package deals”. This forced respondents to have to make trade-offs across key issues. When faced with such choices, British citizens overall prefer a “softer” form of Brexit to the TCA: where the UK applies EU regulatory standards in return for greater access to the EU’s single market. However, a majority of Leave voters prefer a much “harder” trade-off: of full regulatory sovereignty but continued restrictions on UK exports. Hix et al also found that Scottish citizens prefer a closer relationship with the EU across a range of issues than do English citizens. Reconciling these differences will continue to be a challenge for British politicians and policy-makers.

This seminar will be hybrid. Please register as places are limited and are available on the first-come, first serve basis.

Speaker: Prof. Simon Hix (EUI – Department of Political and Social Sciences)




New legal issues of Differentiated Integration (InDivEU project) @ Sala degli Stemmi, Villa Salviati- Castle
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
A workshop covering the work of the project’s Work package 2 on Legal Feasibility and Constitutional Acceptability of Differentiated Integration
The workshop is organised in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project Integrating Diversity in the European Union (InDivEU) and is primarily an occasion for the researchers participating in Work Package 2 on Legal Feasibility and Constitutional Acceptability of Differentiated Integration to discuss the outcome of their work. Project members will present their reports and/or related publications. In order to enrich the debate, other scholars working on differentiated integration are invited to present their research or to act as discussants. The morning session of the workshop will deal with general aspects of internal differentiation (between EU member states), whereas the afternoon session will address differentiated integration in particular policy areas as well as external differentiation (in the relations between the EU and third countries).
InDivEU project final conference @ Fondation Universitaire
Dec 2 @ 9:15 am – Dec 3 @ 4:30 pm

More information coming soon.


Theories of the contemporary divide in Western society @ Online
Dec 15 @ 2:30 pm – Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm
A conference organised by Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks

How do influential approaches in political science shed light on the contemporary political divide in Western societies? This conference asks prominent researchers to probe the power and limitations of a key theory/approach for explaining political polarization in Western societies.

The conference will take place over three afternoons, with five plenary sessions each devoted to a particular theoretical perspective.
Day 1: Cleavage Theory (Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks); Political Economy (Torben Iversen and David Soskice).
Day 2: The Politics of Space (Catherine De Vries); Social Identity Theory (Leonie Huddy).
Day 3: Worldview Politics (Marc Hetherington and Caroline Lancaster).
Each session is introduced by the author(s) followed by two commentaries. We then open to discussion from the floor.