Sandra León

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Sandra
León
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Lecturer in Politics
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University of York
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Sandra León graduated from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) with a BA in Politics (1999) before going on to complete an MA in Social Sciences from the Juan March Institute (Madrid, 2002). Funded by 'La Caixa Foundation', between 2003 and 2005 she visited as a PhD student the Department of Government at Harvard University (MA, USA). In June 2006 she defended her Ph.D. thesis on The Political Economy of Fiscal Decentralization at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her thesis was supervised by José María Maravall at the Juan March Institute.
 
Her doctoral research explored the political motivations of politicians in designing intergovernmental transfers, bridging two different disciplines (public finance and political science) and integrating the analysis of economic and political factors. She won two prizes; both awarded to best PhD dissertations each year and her thesis was published as a book in 2007.
 
Between 2006 and 2011 Sandra worked as a researcher in different Spanish institutions - Escola Galega de Administración Pública (2006-2008) and Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitutionales (2008-2011). She has taught various aspects of Comparative Government, ranging from and introduction to politics and political democratic theory, to advanced courses on political institutions, both at George Washington University (Madrid Study Centre) and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2011-2012). In March 2013 she joined the Politics Department at the University of York.

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As politics in Catalonia becomes increasingly polarised over territorial concerns, finds Sandra León, those parties and policies that don't speak to the issues of sovereignty and relations with Madrid are being squeezed out.  Are elections about winning the centre? Not always. The Catalan election r... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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