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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.

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Talk: 'Recent developments in EU energy and climate policy' by Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE)

Oct 15, 2018

We are delighted to announce the upcoming talk by former POLIS PhD student Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE) on Thursday 18 October 2018, 1-2pm, in room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

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

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