Political Research Exchange


Brexit and the Future of European Political Science

Time: 17:30-19:00 Thursday 27 April

Location: Lecture Theatre B52, Business School South Jubilee Campus

The politicians, scholars, and citizens of Europe are still evaluating the implications of the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership of the European Union on June 23 2016. Although formal notice of the UK’s intention to leave the EU has not yet been served, the 52%-48% outcome in favour of leave has made that outcome just about inevitable, and as this is being written the relevant Bill has been placed before the UK parliament.

This roundtable will consider the implications of Brexit for the future of European political science. Whether one is for or against Brexit the potential implications range widely across at least four areas:

  • Substantive research agendas in European political science (including the use of referenda to decide public policy)
  • Funding and grants
  • Free movement of academics and students
  • Research and teaching collaborations

The panellists will be asked to make a short presentation on any of all of the areas of concern, and we will then open up to the floor for discussion.

​​Chair​ ​

  • Radoslaw Markowski, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw


  • Cees van der Eijk, University of Nottingham
  • Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York
  • Will Jennings, University of Southampton
  • Susan Banducci, University of Exeter

Susan Banducci is Professor of Politics and Director of the Exeter Q-Step Centre at the University of Exeter. She has worked on many international projects including the European Election study. Her research focuses on inequalities in political participation, bringing together individual and institutional explanations for inequalities into multi-level analyses using large-scale cross-national surveys.

Cees van der Eijk, Professor of Social Science Research Methods and Director of the Methods and Data Institute, University of Nottingham. Fellow of the Amsterdam School of Communications Research and formerly Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam

Will Jennings is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southampton. His research interests are wide-ranging in the fields of public policy and political behaviour, including agenda-setting, public opinion, electoral behaviour, and policy disasters. He is a Trustee of the U.K. Political Studies Association and was a member of the independent inquiry instigated by the British Polling Council and Market Research Society to investigate the performance of the pre-election polls at the 2015 general election.

Sofia Vasilopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. Her work examines political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe. Specific themes include Euroscepticism, extremism and loss of faith in traditional politics. She leads an ESRC Future Leaders Project entitled ‘Euroscepticism: dimensions, causes and consequences in times of crisis’. She has co-authored The Golden Dawn's Nationalist Solution: Explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan 2015 with Daphne Halikiopoulou), also published in Greek. She is the convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties.



"To govern is to choose" - Duc de Lévis

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