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The Putney Debates 2017: Session IV

The Putney Debates 2017 were held on 2-3 February 2017 at St Mary's Church, Putney, to address the UK's constitutional future in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.​ 

Session IV: Preserving the Liberal Constitution, chaired by Baroness Onora O’Neill, considers the constitutional implications of Brexit and the need for a written Constitution for the UK.

Constitutionalism without Consensus in Contemporary Turkey

As Turkey recovers from the Istanbul bombings in December 2016 that have been attributed to Kurdish separatists, Professor Bill Kissane from LSE discusses the increasingly perilous constitutional and political situation in Turkey.

Professor Kissane examines the reasons behind the failed attempts at constitution-building by consensus in Turkey, the rise of President Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime in the wake of the military coup attempt earlier this year, and the consequences in terms of renewed conflict with separatist Kurds.