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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.

Prison doesn’t work: why don’t we care?

Several recent high-profile incidents have highlighted endemic problems facing the UK prison system. Dr Helen Brown Coverdale argues that recognising the role of caring in safe, effective and humane penal regimes is essential to meet the needs of offenders, victims and society.

February 28th, 2017|Featured, Research, Staff|0 Comments|

BOOKS: Bill Kissane Introduces ‘Nations Torn Asunder’

Bill Kissane discusses his latest book ‘Nations Torn Asunder – The Challenge of Civil War‘

Women’s March on London: The Importance of Sister Marches

Ali Cirone, LSE Fellow in Political Economy in the Department of Government, reflects on the Women’s March on London which took place on the 21 January 2017.

The United Kingdom is known for being gloomy in winter, yet recently London has seen bursts of colour from an atypical source — protest signs. On January 21th, 2017, thousands of individuals participated […]

February 10th, 2017|Featured, Staff|0 Comments|
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    HOTSEAT: Thomas Leeper on Trump’s Inauguration & the Start of His Presidency

HOTSEAT: Thomas Leeper on Trump’s Inauguration & the Start of His Presidency

Thomas Leeper discusses Donald Trump’s inauguration and what it tells us about the policy and approach we can expect from his presidency.

January 25th, 2017|Featured, HotSeat, Staff|0 Comments|