British and Irish Politics and Policy

Grand Brexit Strategies – can Whitehall cope?

The civil service has a key role to play in how Brexit will be delivered. Dave Richards and Martin Smith outline the organisational and cultural shifts that are required so that the process can be coordinated effectively across government.

One of the fundamental lessons of policy making is that you should not develop a policy that you cannot implement. The […]

Whatever happened to anti-social behaviour?

The discourse and legislation around anti-social behaviour has changed considerably since it was first introduced in 1997, but hasn’t gone away. Craig Johnstone looks back over two decades of legislation and asks what it has achieved.

For a decade after 1997 the concept of anti-social behaviour (ASB) – and how its impact on the communities where it was considered prevalent might […]

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    Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

 

In 2016, the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump resolutely demonstrated the political power of social media. David Beer asks how we might better understand ‘influence’ in the machinations of social media, and how this influence might be harnessed by those in, or seeking, office.

 

One of the most interesting features of the new types of social media analytics […]

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    Book Review: Diaries: Volume 5: Outside, Inside, 2003-2005 by Alastair Campbell

Book Review: Diaries: Volume 5: Outside, Inside, 2003-2005 by Alastair Campbell

In the fifth volume of his published diaries, Outside, Inside, 2003-2005, Alastair Campbell steps down as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications in 2003 but is drawn back into politics amidst the continued chaos of the Iraq War, the breakdown of the Blair-Brown relationship and the impending election campaign. With the pace of a thriller, this book offers fascinating insights into Campbell’s struggle […]

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    One year of EVEL: Evaluating ‘English Votes for English Laws’ in the House of Commons

One year of EVEL: Evaluating ‘English Votes for English Laws’ in the House of Commons

A year on from the enactment of ‘English Votes for English Laws’ through Westminster, Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny assess what the legislation has done – and what it still leaves for consideration.

 

It is now just over a year since the House of Commons adopted a new set of procedural rules known as ‘English Votes for English Laws’ (or EVEL). […]

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    ‘Womenandgirls’ in the UK government’s HIV/AIDS agenda

‘Womenandgirls’ in the UK government’s HIV/AIDS agenda

 

British aid policy remains committed to helping women and girls fight HIV/AIDS, but, as Sophie Harman explores in her new movie Pili, too often the human realities behind these policies are forgotten.

 

 

On a visit to a health centre in Malawi in 2015, the then Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone reiterated the UK government’s commitment to the global HIV/AIDS […]

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    Is religion disappearing entirely from Great Britain? A fresh look at religiosity trends

Is religion disappearing entirely from Great Britain? A fresh look at religiosity trends

There is extensive literature mapping the decline of religiosity in the UK, yet this does not mean that religion is disappearing entirely. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme explains that there is a substantial minority still actively involved with religion. The religiously committed also have more favourable views towards religious leaders influencing politics than they did previously, while the unaffiliated now have less favourable views […]

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    Sport and politics are (slowly) parting ways in Northern Ireland

Sport and politics are (slowly) parting ways in Northern Ireland

Sport in Northern Ireland has long been more than just a leisure activity, but a symbol of religious, cultural and, often, political allegiances in the province’s divided society. But, in a recent research project, David Mitchell, Ian Somerville and Owen Hargie suggest that some of the politicisation of sport in the region may be weakening.

In the wake of Brexit […]

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