Category Archives: Elections

Jan 10 2019

Spain is no longer exceptional: Mainstream media and the far-right party Vox

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By Sergio Olalla, Enrique Chueca and Javier Padilla For a long time Spain and Portugal have been considered exceptions within the European Union due to the lack of a far-right political party with representation in parliament. However, this situation is … Continue reading

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Jun 14 2018

Italy’s Eurosceptic Turn

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By Roberto Orsi Italy has a new government. Matching the unprecedented results of the election of 4 March, this new government marks the beginning of something never seen before. Italy is the first country in the Western half of the … Continue reading

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Apr 30 2018

Brexit and migrant voters: Conservative support in London wards

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By Joachim Wehner English local elections on 3 May take place as migrants might be finding a less divided political voice than at any time since the vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). The 2016 Referendum created … Continue reading

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Mar 15 2018

The crisis in Catalonia: How did we get here and how do we get out?

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By Javier Carbonell and Luis Cornago Bonal This post summarises the second debate of the conference cycle about the crisis in Catalonia, titled Spain and Catalonia: Is There a Way Out of the Impasse?, took place on February 8 at the … Continue reading

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Mar 9 2018

Italy’s Election: The Path to Political Radicalisation

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By Roberto Orsi The result of the Italian general election was extraordinary. Even if the most recent polls had anticipated the trend, the actual numbers were surprising, providing the immediate sense of a rather dramatic political shift. Three main and … Continue reading

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Feb 28 2018

Italy’s General Elections: Four Key Issues

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By Roberto Orsi Next Sunday (4 March) Italian citizens will elect a new Parliament, after a complete five-year cycle. Much has changed since the last vote on 24-25 February 2013. It will be argued here that this election is probably … Continue reading

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Apr 24 2017

Speech! Speech! : The Campaign Rhetoric of Theresa May

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By Alan Finlayson As the country prepares for an unexpected barrage of campaign rhetoric Professor Alan Finlayson analyses Theresa May’s opening shot and speculates on what might come next. Theresa May’s surprise speech announcing a General Election, is rhetorically rather … Continue reading

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Dec 14 2015

Why Ciudadanos’ Albert Rivera is the candidate best placed to oust Mariano Rajoy as Spanish PM

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By Jose Javier Olivas Spain will hold a general election on 20 December, with opinion polls indicating a tight contest between four parties for the largest share of the vote – the governing People’s Party (PP), who have a small … Continue reading

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Sep 28 2015

A bitter victory for Catalan pro-independence nationalists

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By Jose Javier Olivas This time the polls got it right. The nationalist pro-independence coalition Junts pel Sí (‘Together for Yes’) won the elections. But arguably this has been a bitter victory. Their 62 seats are insufficient to rule the … Continue reading

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Apr 1 2015

Ciudadanos: the ‘tortoise’ that may beat the ‘hare’ in the race for political reform in Spain

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By Jose Javier Olivas The emergence of Ciudadanos or Ciutadans (‘Citizens’ in Spanish and Catalan) as a credible alternative to the People’s Party (PP) and Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) is one of the most significant events in the Spanish … Continue reading

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