LEQS Events

LEQS Annual Lecture 2016

'Should we stay or should we go?'

Speaker: Prof Danny Dorling
Chair: Dr  Vassilis Monastiriotis
Date: Tuesday 10 May
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
free and open to all, with no ticket or pre-registration required

Economically, the crash of 2008 has changed UK society in ways we are still coming to recognise. Socially, the gaps between the haves, maybe-haves and have-not’s are wider in the UK than anywhere else in the EU. Politically, the UK is more polarised than it has been since the aftermath of any election in the last 120 years. Geographically, the north-south divide continues to deepen as the country splits between a London commuter-belt, and the Northern and Western archipelago of declining cities. This lecture will show how the UK fares unfavourably in relation to other large countries in the EU in terms of health, educational fairness, housing, income distribution and poverty. It was not the EU that made us less equal and which created all the social problems that resulted from growing inequality. But it helps those who promote inequality to blame our EU membership for so much that is wrong in our society. Staying will not necessarily solve those problems, but leaving will not be a panacea either. 

Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and Fellow of St Peter’s College, University of Oxford. His recent books include co-authored texts The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the way we live and Bankrupt Britain: An atlas of social change.  Much of his work is available open access at www.dannydorling.org.

A copy of Professor Danny Dorling's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download: Should We Stay or Should We Go? pdf

A podcast of this event is available to download from Should We Stay or Should We Go?.

LEQS Annual Lecture 2015

‘Political Community and EU Law’

Speaker: Prof Damian Chalmers
Chair: Prof Sara Hobolt
Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015 
Time: 6.30-8.00pm 
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, NAB 
Free and open to all, no ticket required 

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On the evening before voters head to the ballot box in the UK’s general elections, Professor Damian Chalmers will be giving this year’s Annual Lecture in the LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Series (LEQS). The elections have significant implications for the UK’s future in the European Union (EU), while simultaneous developments on the continent pose questions of how the EU itself will change in the foreseeable future. At this defining moment, Professor Chalmers will address the issue of political community and the role of EU law.

The editors of the LEQS Discussion Paper Series will announce the winners of the LEQS Doctoral Paper Award at the event.

Damian Chalmers is Professor of European Union Law. His visiting positions include being a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2003-2004) and Visiting Professorships at the College of Europe and the Instituto de Empresa.

To watch or listen to the lecture, click here. To access slides, click here.

LEQS Annual Lecture 2014

'The 2014 EP elections: a victory for European democracy?’

Dr Sara Hagemann,
Assistant Professor, European Institute, LSE and Head of VoteWatch.eu 

Dr Mareike Kleine, Associate Professor in EU and International Politics, European Institute, LSE 

Prof Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, European Institute, LSE 

Chair: Prof Maurice Fraser, Head of the European Institute, Professor of Practice in European Politics

Date: Monday 2 June 2014, Time: 18.30-20.00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, NAB 

Beyond the identity of the winning parties and personalities, the 2014 LEQS Panel Debate looks at what the elections mean for democracy itself. Do the results reflect something we might call European public opinion? Are political parties still the best hope of making the principle of representation work at the transnational level, and are all parties up for the challenge? Will the results of these elections actually influence the direction of EU policy-making to come? These are just some of the questions our speakers will be discussing. Join us.

To watch or listen to the panel debate, click here.

LEQS Annual Lecture 2013

'Do countries need currencies, and do currencies need countries?’

Speaker: Prof Harold James
Chair: Prof Paul De Grauwe
Date: Tuesday 21 May 2013
Time: 4.00-5.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Free and open to all, no ticket required 

Prof Harold James examines the historical contexts of debates about whether the creation of money depended on a state, the arguments presented by both the intellectual giants of the mid-twentieth century - Keynes and Hayek - for a non-state money, as well as the problems for the European Union in implementing the idea of a non-state money.

Harold James is Claude and Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies and Professor of History and International Affairs; Director of Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society at Princeton University.

LEQS Annual Lecture 2012

"A European asymmetry: making markets and dealing with their externalities"

Date: Monday 28 May 2012
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Prof Colin Crouch
Chair: Dr Jonathan White

Extending the scope of markets always creates externalities, many of which are negative. Depending on the balance of political power and economic advantage, some of these might be ignored, some might be dealt with by further marketization, but there will always be some that call out for non-market intervention. Paradoxically therefore, the extension of markets will often be associated with the extension of regulation or other forms of public policy. Contemporary neoliberal orthodoxy threatens in general the potentially benign combinations and compromises that can flow from this paradox. Within the European Union the possibilities of achieving such outcomes is weakened further by an emerging division of labour that increasingly gives a market-making mandate to European institutions, leaving any compensatory measures to nation states. The cause of European integration is then itself further weakened by this division of labour. This combination of Polanyian and Scharpfian reasoning will be applied to recent developments in EU policy in the labour and social fields.

Colin Crouch is Professor Emeritus of the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific Member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He previously taught sociology at the LSE, and was fellow and tutor in politics at Trinity College, Oxford, and professor of sociology at the University of Oxford. Until December 2004 he was professor of sociology at the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences.

He is currently leading a European Union research project on the governance of uncertainty and sustainability in labour markets and social policy in European countries. He has published within the fields of comparative European sociology and industrial relations, on economic sociology, and on contemporary issues in British and European politics. His most recent books include: Social Change in Western Europe (1999); Post-Democracy (2004); Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs (2005); and The Strange Non-death of Neolibealism (2011).

This is a free and open to the public lecture.

This lecture is supported by the Jean Monnet programme

To watch or listen to the lecture, click here.

LEQS - Annual Lecture 2011


Saving the Euro – at the expense of democracy in Europe?

Date: Thursday 12 May 2011
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker:  Professor Fritz W. Scharpf 
Chair:  ProfessorSimon Hix 

The European Institute and LEQS are delighted to host Prof. Fritz W. Scharpf, who will be speaking on the impact of the European Monetary Union on democracy in EMU member states. Fritz Scharpf is Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. During his distinguished career he has held numerous appointments at renowned universities across Europe and the US, including the European University Institute in Florence, Sciences Po in Paris and Stanford, California. Among many other recognitions, Fritz Scharpf received the Lifetime Contribution Award in EU Studies from the European Union Studies Association in 2007.

On the occasion of this honourable event, LEQS will also announce the winners of the LEQS 2010 Doctoral Paper Competition.

This is a non-ticketed event so admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information about the lecture and the Discussion Paper series, please contact the editors at euroinst.LEQS@lse.ac.uk or visit our homepage.

The event was made possible with the generous support of the LSE Annual Fund.

The podcast can be accessed here.

LEQS - Lunch Seminar

Adjusting to external economic norms and standards of "the West": The case of Israel

Date: Thursday 2 december 2010
Time: 1.00-2.00pm (Sandwiches will be served from 12.30pm)
Venue: 20 Kingsway, KSW.G108
Speaker: Alfred Tovias
Chair: Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font

The European Institute and LEQS are delighted to host Prof. Alfred Tovias, who will be presenting a paper on Israel's progressive adjustment to and homologation of foreign norms and standards through the negotiation of an Action Plan with the European Union and membership of the OECD. Alfred Tovias is the Walter Rathenau Professor in European Economics at the Department of International Relations of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair on External Economic Relations of the EU since 2001. Among other posts, he was Visiting Lecturer and Research Fellow at the LSE during 1999/2000.

This is a non-ticketed event so admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information about the lecture and the new Discussion Paper series, please contact the editors at euroinst.LEQS@lse.ac.uk.

Co-hosting: LSE European Institute - APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe Series

Aftershock: Europe and the Post-Crisis World

Date: Monday 10 May 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Philippe Legrain
Chair: Dr. Joan Costa-i-Font

The global economy is in turmoil. Is globalisation next at risk? Can it and should it be saved?

Philippe Legrain is a former visiting fellow at the European Institute and an independent writer, journalist and consultant.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 6043.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk

This event was made possible with the generous support of the LSE Annual Fund.

LEQS Inaugural Lecture

The European Constitutional Settlement: Democratically Legitimate? Politically Stable?

Date: Tuesday 12 May 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Andrew Moravcsik
Chair: Professor Damian Chalmers

The lecture will launch the European Institute's new Discussion Paper series LSE 'Europe in Question' Series – LEQS, which publishes academic and policy research on European processes and institutions.

Andrew Moravcsik is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.

The podcast can be accessed here.