In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the growth of nationalist and minority movements interacting with democratic political forces stretched to breaking point the rules and conventions of parliamentary systems. Today, a combination of economic crisis, stresses caused by refugee movements and economic migration, as well as a collapse in the perceived legitimacy of many political systems, is again testing the capacity of political institutions to cope. This discussion explored how the fit between democratic institutions and national identities and aspirations is being challenged across Europe.
Professor Tim Bale
Chair in Politics at Queen Mary University of London
Professor Robert Hazell
Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London
Professor Simon Hix
Professor of European and Comparative Politics at the LSE
Dr Gwendolyn Sasse
University Reader in the Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe, Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College.
In association with
This event was held in connection with the British Academy Conference on Parliaments and Minorities: Ethnicities, Nations and Religions in Europe, 1848-1948.
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