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Speaker(s): Professor Simon Hix
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 30 September 2015 at Old Theatre, Old Building

With the countdown to a likely In/Out Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Professor Hix will discuss possible options for the reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU and the likely long-term consequences for the UK and the EU of a Yes or a No vote.

This event marks the inaugural Harold Laski Chair at LSE, created to commemorate the former LSE professor and one of Britain’s most prominent socialists, who taught at the School from 1926 until his death in 1950.

Simon Hix (@simonjhix) joined the LSE faculty in 1997, having studied as an undergraduate at the School in 1987-1990, and was promoted to Professor in 2005. He is the first holder of the Harold Laski Chair. He is author of over 50 articles in top international journals in political science, numerous policy papers, and 7 books, including The Political System of the European Union (Palgrave, 2011, with Bjorn Hoyland), What’s Wrong with the EU and How to Fix It (Polity, 2008), and Democratic Politics in the European Parliament (Cambridge University Press, 2007, with Abdul Noury and Gerard Roland). Simon regularly gives evidence to committees in the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Parliament, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2011.

Professor Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The Department of Government (@LSEGovernment) at LSE, is one of the largest political science departments in the UK.

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