Where is Brexit heading?

What is the most likely outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU?  Is “no deal” really a possibility?  Simon Hix will analyse the underlying causes of the Brexit vote in the UK, and how these are shaping the position the UK government has been taking in the Brexit negotiations.  And, from the other side, he will discuss the economic and political interests of the EU and how they are shaping the EU’s position.  Putting these together, he will consider several scenarios, from a “good Brexit” (a comprehensive trade agreement, covering goods as well as services), to a “hard Brexit” (a very minimal agreement), and even a “no deal Brexit”.  He will also look at the potential economic and political consequences of these outcomes for the UK and Europe as a whole.

Speaker: Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, LSE; Academic Director, LSE Institute of Public Affairs; Fellow of the British Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Chair: Spyros Economides, Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics, Hellenic Observatory Director
Discussant: George Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB); Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges
Date: Monday 5 February 2018
Time: 19:00
Venue:  Hermes Hall (6th Floor), Αthens Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Akadimias 7, 10671 Athens, Greece


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Professor Simon Hix is the Director of the Political Science and Political Economy Research Group at the LSE and is the co-editor of the journal European Union Politics. He has held visiting appointments at several top universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, Sciences-Po in Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the College of Europe in Bruges, and Korean Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul. Simon has extensive consultancy experience, including for the UK Cabinet Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Policy Centre, the Asian Development Bank, and has given evidence to the European affairs committees in the House of Lords and House of Commons. He has written several books on EU and comparative politics, including most recently "What's Wrong With the EU and How to Fix It" (Polity, 2008). In 2008 he won the prestigious Fenno Prize from the American Political Science Association for his book (co-authored with Abdul Noury and Gerard Roland) "Democratic Politics in the European Parliament" (Cambridge, 2007), in 2005 he won the Longley Prize of the American Political Science Association for the best article on representation and electoral systems, and in 2004 he won a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award. Simon took his undergraduate and masters degrees at the LSE and his PhD at the European University Institute, in Florence.


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George Pagoulatos is Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ELIAMEP and the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels, and Senior Advisor of Macro Advisory Partners (MAP). He was Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy at the PM Office under Prime Ministers Lucas Papademos and P. Pikrammenos in 2011-12. Member of the High Council of the European University Institute in Florence (2010-13), and President of ECSA-Greece (2013-14), he is a regular columnist in the Sunday edition of the main centrist newspaper Kathimerini since 2007. His publications focus on the EMU and the EU, political economy of finance, political economy of reform. Pagoulatos holds degrees from the University of Athens (LLB) and the University of Oxford (MSc and DPhil), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


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Spyros Economides is Director of the Hellenic Observatory, and Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the LSE. He received the Robert Mackenzie Prize for his doctoral thesis on The International Implications of the Greek Civil War. His subsequent work has concentrated on the international affairs of South-eastern Europe and EU external relations in the field of foreign and security policy on which he has published widely. He is currently writing on the EU's Balkan experience since 1991. He has also been Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in London. More recently he was Visiting Professor at both the Universities of Belgrade and Zagreb, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the EU Centre in Singapore. Economides acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords EU Committee in its report, 'Responding to the Balkan Challenge: The Role of EU Aid' and is a regular commentator in the international media on issues relating to  EU External Relations, South Eastern Europe and Greece. He holds a B.Scs. in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK and completed his MSc and PhD at the LSE. Dr Economides has been on the staff of the LSE since 1991.




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