Laura Cram

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Laura Cram is a Professor of European Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Laura’s research tackles key questions about the changing parameters of integration in the European Union. How do EU institutions, for example the European Commission, shape the policy process at the EU level? How, in turn, do EU policies  and EU institutions impact on public engagement with and attachment to the European Union and its policies? How do daily reminders of EU, state or sub-state membership condition public attitudes to the EU, to domestic state structures or to their policies? Her interests include: the EU policy process (especially EU social policy), experimental approaches to the study of identities; the neuropolitics of identity and the neuropolitics of public policy. She has previously held posts at the Universities of Strathclyde, Sheffield and Warwick.


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This work is produced by researchers at the Neuropolitics Research Lab, School of Social and Political Science and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. In this report we provide an analysis of the social media posts on the British general election 2017 over the month running up... Read more
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Laura Cram discusses how retaining membership of the single market and free movement are at the top of the Scottish Government’s Brexit wish list. This post originally appeared on The UK in a Changing Europe. Immediately following the UK referendum on EU membership, the First Minister of Scotland es... Read more
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Just as with the other existing models – Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Greenland - the new British relationship with the EU will have to be purpose built. If Scotland is to maximise its advantage in that process, says Laura Cram, it will need to be out of the blocks before the Article 50 starting pis... Read more
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In an article in the Irish Times, Professor Laura Cram reflects on how the referendum has created new divisions and amplified old ones. Referendums cannot accommodate nuanced positions. A forced binary choice means that some of those who previously rubbed along together are forced to take up positio... Read more
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A "NEW SETTLEMENT" between the UK and the EU was agreed at a meeting of the European Council in February. This settlement forms the basis on which the UK public will vote on the future of the UK’s membership of the EU next week. The settlement addressed four issues: economic governance, competitiven... Read more
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When voters consider the issue of Europe, says Laura Cram, they select between competing narratives. These in turn derive from differing interests, which may all come into play in a referendum on EU membership.    As the Eurogroup scrambles to find a solution to forestall Grexit and the UK gears up... Read more
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The relationship between identity and political decision-making has come under heavy scrutiny throughout the referendum campaign in Scotland. In the week when the Saltire is fluttering over 10 Downing Street, albeit after a couple of false starts, to symbolise solidarity with Scotland (though the in... Read more
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In this piece, originally published at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, Professor Laura Cram discusses the potential relationship between Scotland and the European Union in the event of a yes vote, arguing that  'we might expect more continuity in Scotland’s relationship with the EU than i... Read more
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