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    Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

What can the polling tell us about the likely result in the UK’s referendum on EU membership? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, discusses the recent trends in British public opinion, the potential for David Cameron’s intended renegotiation to shape the outcome, and why despite current support for […]

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    The queerness of political science: challenging and destabilizing the discipline’s boundaries

The queerness of political science: challenging and destabilizing the discipline’s boundaries

Key perspectives and contributions – including those from queer scholars – are, in effect, written out of the discipline of political science, argues Nicola Smith. Far from being the highly multifaceted and inclusive field that it purports itself to be, political science is presenting itself in ways that marginalise the very work that is being treated as central in other social […]

June 30th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Long constitutions are not garrulous, but they are restrictive

Long constitutions are not garrulous, but they are restrictive

Many have suggested that the only way to clear up the heightening degree of incoherence that characterises the UK’s constitutional settlement is to start afresh with a constitutional convention, given its final expression through a new written Constitution. George Tsebelis and Dominic J. Nardi, Jr show that any such a constitution should aim for brevity, given that longer constitutions are both more […]

June 29th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments|
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    At £13 a vote – a bargain? Donations to the Tories’ 2015 constituency campaigns

At £13 a vote – a bargain? Donations to the Tories’ 2015 constituency campaigns

At the 2015 general election, the Conservative incumbent MP in Watford won 24,400 votes: over the preceding 15 months his campaign received major donations totalling over £312,000 – or nearly £13 per vote. Ron Johnston, Charles Pattie and David Cutts look at these donations within the wider context of Tory fund-raising for their constituency campaigns.

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    The line between secrecy and openness cannot be done away with, but where it is drawn is of crucial importance

The line between secrecy and openness cannot be done away with, but where it is drawn is of crucial importance

In May 2013, an obscure contractor for the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, released information regarding the scale and breadth of US surveillance operations. This has had ramifications in Britain, too, where similar practices have been employed by UK GCHQ. Here, Bernard Keenan breaks down the different elements of the concept of “secrecy” that were highlighted by a recently-released report on surveillance […]

June 28th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book review: Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Book review: Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Thrive explores the new effective solutions to the misery and injustice caused by mental illness. It describes how successful psychological treatments have been developed and explains what works best for whom. It also urges us to do all we can to prevent these problems in the first place, through better schools and a better society. Marion Koob reviews, writing that […]

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    Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues

Following the election of a Conservative majority government, there is now a Tory minister, Amber Rudd, in charge of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this article, Bob Ward argues that she should would be well advised to ignore the views of Fraser Nelson and the Conservative fringe of free-market fundamentalists and climate change ‘sceptics’. 

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Why Scotland should adopt the Land Value Tax

The Commission on Local Tax Reform was set up by the Scottish government in February 2015 to consider reform of local government taxation. In this article, submitted as written evidence to the Commission, Iain McLean makes the case for a land value tax (LVT).

Thank you for issuing this call for written evidence. I structure my response around the options […]

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