Helen Thompson – Popular politics and referendums: the long journey to a referendum on Brexit

Event Date: 14 November 2018
Room B34
Birkbeck University of London,
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Centre of British Political Life presents:

Annual Academic Lecture:

Professor Helen Thompson (Cambridge) – Popular politics and referendums: the long journey to a referendum on Brexit

Helen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at the University Cambridge, she is at present Deputy Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a regular panelist on Talking Politics Podcast.

Helen’s present work is focused on the historical origins of the post-2008 economic and political world and the crises it is generating for western countries. More particularly her recent work covers the political economy of oil, Brexit and the euro zone crisis.

Her most recent book is Oil And The Western Economic Crisis, published by Palgrave. Her article ‘Inevitability and contingency: the political economy of Brexit,’ won the 2017 prize for best article in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

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Annual Lectures

As a research-led, politically-engaged Centre, British Political Life’s aims to host both an academic and public annual lecture each year. We will host speakers whose views and voices demand a significant public stage; individuals who in so doing, challenge and change politics, and scholars who interrogate, illuminate and reconsider the world of politics. Our choices will reflect the research expertise and interests of Centre members and its Advisory Board, and as well as the concerns of our students. At times the speakers will reflect high politics and widely-regarded ‘key events’. At other times political issues, debates or approaches that do not always receive popular attention will be addressed.

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Introduction by Dr Ben Worthy (Birkbeck):

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