Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

Conspiring to cock up?

Perhaps the least remarked aspect of this week’s Parliamentary shenanigans has been the distraction from the loss of another week of time to reach an Article 50 deal. Important as a meaningful vote in Parliament is, it does not intrinsically produce an increased chance of a deal being reached. Indeed, the confirmation of a push-back […]


EU Cash for Killer Robots?

On 23 May 2018, the Euobserver website reported that research projects developing the next generation of weapons can now apply for EU funding as part of the EU’s 500 million Euro defence investment programme. Controversially, research projects whose activities could (among other things) result in the development of Lethal Autonomous Robots (LARS) – sometimes called […]


Tell me what you want, what you really, really want

A fundament of negotiation – and indeed of politics – is the notion of interaction. They are necessarily relational constructs: us and them, me fighting the system, let’s work it out together. If politics can be about an agent’s interaction with a set of societal values rather than any one individual or group, the negotiation […]


Article 50 infographics – updated to May

If you’d asked me back in the spring of 2017 whether there’d be long periods of inactivity in the Article 50 process, then I’d have said no. The agenda looked so full, and time was so short, that I doubted that even the traditional closing of the shop in the Brussels summer would be able […]


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