Wed, February 20, 2019
18:00 – 19:30
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
A dialogue with Edoardo Bressanelli, King’s College London
This presentation provides an assessment of the impact of the Brexit process on the British political system, focusing on the institutional relationship between the executive and the legislature in the U.K. Drawing on the classic work of Arend Lijphart and the ensuing scholarship applying the Westminster model to Britain, it seeks to understand whether and to what extent Brexit has impacted on the majoritarian features of the system. It argues that Brexit has brought to light several intertwined tensions that had been brewing inside British politics over the course of a number of years, and which are likely to continue unfolding for several years to come. Empirically, it focuses on the key parliamentary debates and votes on Brexit – from the notification of withdrawal act to the ‘meaningful vote’ on the deal – and maps the tensions and open confrontations between the Government and the Parliament.
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Edoardo Bressanelli is Senior Lecturer in European Politics. He received his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He also completed a MA and a BA in Political Sciences and International Relations from the University of Pisa and the Sant´Anna School of Advanced Studies. Before moving to King´s College London, Bressanelli was a post-doc fellow at LUISS Guido Carli School of Government in Rome, and taught European politics at James Madison University. He joined King’s College London as a Lecturer in European Politics in September 2013. Bressanelli’s main research interests and areas of expertise include EU institutions and decision-making, political parties and party systems, and Italian politics.