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Michael Keating, Professor, University of Aberdeen

Welcome to Gamla, Grensen 1, Oslo!

Brexit ahead?

BPS has the pleasure of inviting its members and friends to a seminar discussing Britain's future in - or outside of - the European Union.

As the referendum on 23 June approaches, there is a real possibility that a majority of British voters will vote in favour of leaving the EU. What is the likely outcome of the referendum? What is at stake? And wwhat will be the long-term consequences of this momentous decision -for Britain and for Europe?

Time: Tuesday 10 May 2016 | 1800-1930
Place: Gamla, Grensen 1, Oslo (entrance from Møllergata)

Free entrance!

Michael Keating, Professor, University of Aberdeen
John Erik Fossum, Professor, ARENA
John Todd, PhD Fellow, University of Oslo

Chair: Henry Allen, British Politics Society

Kindly note that the seminar will be held in English.

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This event is co-organised with
ARENA - Centre for European Studies
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Conservative Britain

British Politics Review 1-2016 examines two aspects of the contemporary Conservative Party: their internal development under David Cameron, and their recent electoral success.

On the first point, Cameron’s modernising intentions have arguably moved the goal posts of British politics to the centre-right from the centre-left, and he has been reasonably successful in changing the party's 'nasty' image without significantly changing the party itself. 

As for electoral success, the result of the 2015 General Election came as a surprise by many, including the now wounded polling industry. Key reasons for the Conservative victory appear to have been the relative trust in their economic competence compared to Labour, and the fact that Cameron had greater electoral appeal than Labour's Ed Miliband.

The Conservative Party unde Cameron brings together a plethora of political positions. Indeed, iIn many ways, the in-party politics have been more complex and bitterly fought than battles across the House or within the Con-Lib Coalition. 

Collectively, the articles in this issue find a continuation of fundamental conservative principles, but a significant change in the way they are packaged, presented and sold. This all speaks volumes about contemporary British politics.

Where to, Labour?

This was the overarching, rhetorical question asked at British Politics Society’s evening event at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 15 December 2015 

At the seminar, the audience got to hear presentations from Glen O'Hara (Professor at Oxford Brookes University), Annette Groth (Former London correspondent for the NRK) and Paul Beamont (PhD fellow at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences). 

The three presenters reflected on the the Labour party's historical development and present-day challenges, in light of its change in leadership and profile last year. 


The seminar was organized by British Politics Society with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through “Europamidler”. The seminar was chaired by Øivind Bratberg, Senior Lecturer at the University of Oslo, while BPS leader Atle L. Wold opened the seminar on behalf of the organizers.

Join us in 2016!

Membership in the British Politics Society is open to everyone with an interest in British politics, culture, and society.

BPS membership for one year costs NOK 200,- and gives the following benefits:
  • The right to vote at our Annual General Meeting 

Established in June 2006, the overall objective of the BPS is to raise the general interest and knowledge about Britain and British politics in Norway and to maintain a scholarly network for people with an interest in such matters. 

Our core activities include the staging of occasional events and the publication of the quarterly journal British Politics Review.

The current board consists of four people, all based in the academic community in Oslo. 

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Northern Ireland

Where does Northern Ireland stand 10 years after the St. Andrews agreement of 2006? In the spring edition of British Politics Review we will mark the anniversary of St. Andrews with a series of articles addressing the state of Northern Ireland now, and the development which has taken place over the past ten years.

The agreement which was reached in Scotland in October 2006 resulted in the re-establishing of the devolved government of Northern Ireland after the suspension of 2002 and, since then, the powersharing government of Northern Ireland has been up and running. Does this mean that a lasting solution for the government of Northern Ireland has finally been found?

The issue is due to arrive in May 2016.  Please contact us if you wish to contribute!

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