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Department of Politics and International Studies

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A legitimate and well-functioning democracy is crucial to the stability and economy of European societies. PLATO examines the EU’s responses to the financial crisis, raising new questions about the EU’s legitimacy. The innovative PhD programme trains future research leaders and experts who will contribute to solving key policy issues for Europe

The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO)

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PLATO (The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union) is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) financed by the EU Horizon 2020's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (2017-2020). It is coordinated by Prof. Christopher Lord at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. 

The PhD network brings together nine university partners from across Europe to recruit a group of 15 PhD researchers to undertake a common multidisciplinary investigation into crisis and the legitimacy of the EU. Eleven training partners from the policy advice and consultancy sector, civil society and media contribute to the network with professional expertise and secondment opportunities.

PLATO uses the example of the financial crisis to build and test theory of what would amount to a legitimacy crisis in the case of a multi-state, non-state political system such as the EU. For more information, please visit the PLATO website or have a look at the project flyer.

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) will host three PLATO PhDs. The responsible contact at POLIS is Chris Bickerton.

Upcoming events

British Politics Seminar with Brendan O'Hara

Mar 02, 2018

Umney Theatre, Robinson College, Cambridge, CB3 9AN

British Politics Seminar with Nick Timothy

Mar 09, 2018

Umney Theatre, Robinson College, Cambridge, CB3 9AN

Upcoming events

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New blog post by Sebastian Steingass on the LSE Brexit blog

Feb 22, 2018

In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU, writes Sebastian Steingass in his latest blog post published on the LSE Brexit blog

E-IR blog post by Vladimir Kmec: Brexit and the Consequences for International Peacebuilding

Jan 16, 2018

The UK’s departure from the EU might arguably leave not only the UK but also the EU more inward-looking and less engaged in world affairs

European Centre Seminar Series Lent Term 2018

Jan 12, 2018

The European Centre @ POLIS is delighted to announce its seminar programme for Lent Term 2018. We are delighted to invite you to the second annual POLIS-Robinson College seminar series in British Politics. For more information, please see the 'events' section

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