MBS Government Seminar
Democratic Developments in Iceland – Public Participation, Contention, and Constitutional Change
28th of March 2014
Biography: Baldvin Þór Bergsson is currently a doctoral student at the University of Iceland and a member of the Co-Polis project. This project comparatively investigates distinct trajectories of constitutional change, and, more importantly, the different forms of constitutional politics, in a number of European countries. The recent developments in Iceland are especially interesting given the attempt at constitution-making-from below and the failures to adopt a new constitution despite considerable interest from the public.
The constitutional debate is also the focus of his doctoral project where the intent is to examine the emergence of a social movement during the popular protests after the financial crisis in 2008. The movement called for considerable changes to the practice of democracy and power-sharing in Iceland, which has partly been reflected in a number of referendums and pressure concerning the continuation of discussion with the EU. The debate about the constitution shows how existing elites can challenge social movements and stop proposed changes – at least in the short run.
Baldvin Þór has worked as a reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) since 2002. He started out as a sports reporter and commentator but soon moved into general news and became a deputy news editor in 2007. In 2008 he moved to Scotland where he completed an MSc in International Political Theory from The University of Edinburgh. He is an avid supporter of the Scottish independence movement. Since 2009 he has been living in Stockholm with his wife. He continues to work for RUV with weekly appearances on Radio 2 where he covers news-events from the Nordic countries. He will also be working for RUV during the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, a project he describes as equally weird and entertaining.
MBS Government Seminar
Parliament and the people: Build a bridge - and get over it!
Secretary to the Convention on the Constitution
10th of January 2014
The MBS Government graduations took place on February 27th. Congratulations to all the graduates, particularly to those who couldn't attend on the day.
Our MBS Government and MA Politics students attended the 2011 PSAI Conference in Dublin.
Congratulations to the MBS Government class who graduated in December 2010.