About BPP and our blog family

Welcome to the British Politics and Policy blog

BPP is a multidisciplinary academic blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Our central aim is to increase the public understanding of British politics and policy by providing accessible academic commentary and research. We have no editorial ‘line’ beyond a commitment to communicating social science research and commentary in ways that enhance public debate and understanding.

About BPP

Comments Policy
We welcome comments on all blogs and will accept any reasonable or constructive comment that contributes to debate, including strong criticisms. We operate a propriety filter, so comments are routed to the Blog Team and not posted for public view until they have been checked. There will be a brief delay in posting overnight, at weekends and when we are very busy. Please note that we operate our comments system under the following guidelines:

  • Email Privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are not published on the blog, nor shared. They may be used by the blog committee to privately contact the commenter.
  • Language and Manners: This blog is for a wide audience, and comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or considered by the blog committee and to be rude and offensive, will be edited or deleted.
  • No Personal Attack Comments Permitted: No personal attacks are permitted in this blog’s comments. You may question or argue the content, but not attack the blogger, nor any other commenters.
  • A Comment is Conversation: A comment which does not add to the conversation, runs off on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, or deleted.
  • Limit Links: This blog is setup to automatically hold any blog comment with more than two links in moderation, which may delay your comment from appearing on this blog. Any blog comment with more than four links could be marked as comment spam.
  • What To Do If Your Comment Does Not Appear: If you leave a comment on this blog and it does not appear in a reasonable time period, and you know that it does not violate these Comment Policies, contact the blog committee.
  • Commenters Blocked: Anyone who violates this Comments Policy may be blocked from commenting on this blog.
  • All Rights Reserved: The blog committee reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments. They also have the right to block access to any individual or group of people from commenting, or from the entire blog.
Notes for contributors
To help authors with the submission process, we’ve compiled a list of some of the main style issues to keep in mind when drafting an article for BPP. See our Style Guide here.

Editorial Policy and Republishing
All contributions that are submitted will be acknowledged by the Managing Editor or an Assistant Blog Editor as soon as possible. Occasionally, an article may not fit our remit; in that case we will advise authors on how best to rewrite articles so that we are able to publish them.

In most cases, submitted articles will be reviewed speedily by at least two members of the Blog Team, who will edit the piece to enhance readability and maintain a consistent style. These edits may include:

  • Shortening of text if the article is above our stated 1,250 word limit
  • The addition of a narrative-style title to sum up the post’s main findings
  • The addition of a short introductory paragraph outlining the article’s author, their main arguments and findings, and any relevant background information for readers.

Once these edits and revisions are complete, we will send the final version of the blog article to the author with an estimated date and time of publication, and give the author an opportunity to make any further edits if necessary. Please note that owing to events and other circumstances beyond our control, we may have to change our posting order at very short notice.

Unfortunately, due to time pressures, authors may have less than 24 hours to approve our edits. However, once articles are published, we are very happy to make further edits afterwards.

Creative Commons

All of our articles are published under a Creative Commons licence, (CC-BY-SA-3.0) and other publications are free to use them with attribution. Please help us keep track of where our pieces appear by emailing the Managing Editor to let them know you have re-posted a piece.

If you do not wish for your article to be republished anywhere else, please let us know, otherwise, we will assume that you are happy for us to do this. Additionally, if you find your work posted on any site that is not listed above, please let us know by emailing us at: politicsandpolicy@lse.ac.uk

Role of the General Editor

The blog team may refer the following types of articles to the General Editor (which may cause your blog’s publication to be delayed):

  • Articles that are potentially libellous or defamatory
  • Articles where the blog team has concerns about potential conflicts of interest regarding the author
  • Articles that are insufficiently evidence based or lacking in academic rigour
  • Any other articles that may impact on the reputation of the author, the LSE, or the LSE Public Policy Group

In the rare cases where the General Editor cannot accept a blog, authors can appeal to our Advisory Board and we will ask two members to adjudicate the issue.

If you have any questions about our policy, please let us know by emailing the editors at: politicsandpolicy@lse.ac.uk

How to cite our articles
For those wishing to cite our articles we recommend the following format:

All of our URLs are permanent, so they’ll never change and you’ll always be able to find the content that you’re looking for. Our content is also stored permanently in LSE Research Online, so you could also choose to link to it that way.

Our blog family
In addition to BPP, a wider LSE Public Policy Group team runs four other blogs on behalf of the LSE. Our sister blogs are:

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy at LSE

EUROPP aims to increase the public understanding of the social sciences in the context of European government; facilitate the exchange of knowledge between experts within and outside universities; and open up academic research to increase its impact. We draw primarily on the community of academics and researchers at the London School of Economics, but we welcome contributions from other universities and research organisations. We encourage the submission of material that focuses on substantive insights or research as it pertains to any aspect of European politics and policy.Read more

USAPP - American Politics and Policy

USAPP’s central mission is to increase the public understanding of social science in the context of American politics and policymaking. Our focus is broad-based and multidisciplinary, covering all aspects of governance, economics, politics, culture and society in the United States, and in its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico. We seek to achieve a qualitative improvement in the British, European and rest of the world’s understanding of domestic politics in the United States at the level of states and major cities, and encompassing the full range of American social, urban and regional issues.Read more

Impact of Social Sciences

The Impact of Social Sciences blog is a hub for researchers, administrative staff, librarians, students, think-tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines. We hope to encourage debate, share best practice and keep the impact community up to date with news, events and the latest research.Read more

LSE Review of Books

LSE Review of Books publishes reviews of the latest releases from across the social sciences, providing readers with informative, well written, and timely reviews. We believe academic communication is becoming faster, more interactive, and more open, and that book reviews shouldn’t be confined to the shelves in lonely journals or stuck behind expensive paywalls.Read more
Contact us
For any further questions about the site, please contact the BPP team at: E-mail: Politicsandpolicy@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)207 955 6919
Address: BPP, LSE Public Policy Group, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK 

The BPP team

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Artemis PhotiadouManaging Editor

Artemis joined the Public Policy Group in 2015, having previously worked as researcher at UCL’s Constitution Unit and at Full Fact. She is currently working towards a PhD at LSE. Email: a.photiadou@lse.ac.uk

Sean KippinCommissioning Editor

Sean joined the blog as Commissioning Editor in 2017, having previously been the Managing Editor of the LSE’s Democratic Audit. He is currently a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland. Email: s.kippin@lse.ac.uk
Patrick DunleavyGeneral Editor

Patrick Dunleavy is the General Editor. Patrick is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at LSE, where he has worked since 1979. He has published numerous books and over 50 journal articles on political science theory, British politics and urban politics. Email: politicsandpolicy@lse.ac.uk