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The Politics of Presence: Do politicians represent us?

Anne Phillips, winner of the 2017 APSA George H. Hallett Award, assesses what progress has been made on equality in politics and how much further we have to go. The award recognises a book, published at least ten years ago, that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. Anne looks at what’s changed since […]

September 6th, 2017|Books, Featured, Staff|0 Comments|
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    Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair

Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair

Kirk Bansak, Jens Hainmueller and Dominik Hangartner’s study of the European refugee crisis shows broad support across Europe for the proportional allocation of asylum seekers.

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    Understanding Terrorism. What can the Arts and Social Science learn from each other?

Understanding Terrorism. What can the Arts and Social Science learn from each other?

James Hughes discusses his research on the conflict in Northern Ireland between 1969 – 2005 as well as the advice he provided to the Director of a play, titled ‘Everything Between Us’, which deals with the legacy of the conflict and received its London premiere in April 2017.

The question of what constitutes terrorism is an ongoing puzzle in social […]

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    HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on the results of the 2017 UK General Election

HOTSEAT: Tony Travers on the results of the 2017 UK General Election

We ask Professor Tony Travers how we ended up with a hung Parliament, the implications for the Conservatives and Labour, what it means for Brexit and how long it could be before the next General Election.

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    How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

How ‘groupthink’ in Theresa May’s Downing Street delivered another round of UK political chaos

The UK’s political turmoil has continued with the Conservatives’ disastrous 2017 campaign. But what lead to the multiple miscalculations involved? Patrick Dunleavy argues that it forms part of a wider pattern of mis-governing from the centre of Whitehall that has characterized Theresa May’s leadership style from the outset.

All British Prime Ministers end their careers in failure. Either they are […]

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    The ultimate price of not voting is the erosion of democratic institutions

The ultimate price of not voting is the erosion of democratic institutions

Why vote? We ask Alexandra Cirone.

Does fortune favour the vague in election campaigns?

Navin Kartik, Richard Van Weelden, and Stephane Wolton argue that vagueness on the campaign trail can lead to better governance as it gives the election winner flexibility to adapt policy to changing circumstances. However, electorally advantaged candidates are almost always more ambiguous than their opponents and over-ambiguous from the voters’ perspective.

Vagueness vs Clarity

It is all too easy to find […]

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    What’s rational is not always reasonable, there are many reasons to vote

What’s rational is not always reasonable, there are many reasons to vote

Why vote? We ask Dr Thomas Leeper.

If we don’t vote we give that power to those who do

Why vote? We ask Professor Anne Phillips.

What can academics and activists learn from each other?

John Chalcraft leads the Collective Action Forum, an innovative project designed to bring academics and activists together. He argues that engaging with activists can help universities take a fresh look at the world’s problems and make a positive impact on society.