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    Jeremy Corbyn’s rhetorical dilemma: left-wing populism or mainstream convention?

Jeremy Corbyn’s rhetorical dilemma: left-wing populism or mainstream convention?

Jeremy Corbyn has recently been described as a “demagogue”; but his appeal is derived from his character rather than from rhetorical strategies, explain Judi Atkins and Nick Turnbull. Here, they discuss the rhetoric of distance deployed by his critics, and the inevitable dilemma Corbyn will face if he is to appeal to an audience beyond Labour grassroot members.

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    Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has pledged a ‘relentless focus on improving life chances’. But a new UNICEF Report Card comparing child well-being outcomes across rich countries shows the UK could do better for its most disadvantaged children. The Report Card’s authors, John Hudson and Stefan Kühner, explore the UK’s record and ask […]

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    Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Freedom of Information is working well, concluded the Independent Commission appointed to look into how the Act is working. Here, Benjamin Worthy explains why politicians are unhappy with the process, but that it’s actually them who need to get behind FOI, or at least tolerate it.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been in the news again, when the […]

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    Previewing the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

Previewing the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

For the first time since the 1960’s, the entire of the UK will vote in an election other than a referendum or General Election, with Scotland, London, Wales, and Northern Ireland going to the polls. Here, Kenneth Bunker, from the Democratic Dashboard team, examines recent results in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and looks ahead to the elections in […]

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    David Cameron and the Tax Havens: Transparency is only a partial answer to a much bigger question

David Cameron and the Tax Havens: Transparency is only a partial answer to a much bigger question

Since 2011 David Cameron has been pushing for a public ‘Beneficial Ownership’ list to increase transparency around assets and business interests. In this post, Ben Worthy considers how effective such a register will be at opening up tax havens or tackling avoidance of the kind seen in the Panama papers leak. He writes that – as things stand – […]

Making sense of ideology and parties: 2016 recap

Articles on parties, their members, and their ideology were some of our most popular this first quarter of 2016. On a party level, ideological shifts don’t happen overnight: Jeremy Corbyn’s election was no accident, as Labour members – old and new – had long been waiting for someone like him. Similarly, the Green Surge in the run-up to the […]

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    Religion is irrelevant to how likely MPs are to represent minority groups’ interests

Religion is irrelevant to how likely MPs are to represent minority groups’ interests

Are minority issues more likely to be raised by MPs from a religious minority background? Through analysing over 5,000 Early Day Motions, Ekaterina Kolpinskaya looks at whether there is indeed a correlation. She finds that institutional considerations make a politician’s religion largely irrelevant; instead, factors such as their seniority and the composition of their constituency are much more likely […]

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    The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information shows that there is no going back to the “dark ages” of government opacity

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information shows that there is no going back to the “dark ages” of government opacity

Freedom of Information, since its inception by the previous Labour government, has proven popular with the public and press, but troublesome for the politicians who have to navigate a new and transparent world. Here, Tom Felle, welcomes the findings of the the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information, arguing that its conclusions clearly support the continuation of the law […]

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