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    Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

With the upcoming mayoral elections, our attention turns to mayors and their powers. Ben Worthy and Mark Bennister reflect on the terms of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. They draw on their new paper to explain what it is that we can learn from how the two first elected mayors of London ran the city.

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    An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

If the UK were to break up then how might a post-UK England relate to the rest of the British Isles, Europe, and the wider world? Will the end of the UK produce a reduced and angry ‘Little England’ or might continuity prevail and the world find itself dealing with a ‘Little Britain’? Tim Oliver considers some of the […]

Friends with benefits? Labour and trade unions

Many European parties have a formal or informal relationship with trade unions. While such alliances can often prove beneficial for parties, they can also generate disagreement between unions and politicians, as events in the UK’s Labour Party have often illustrated. Based on a new study, Tim Bale outlines nine key points for understanding the relationship between centre-left parties and unions.

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    As electoral disaster looms, Labour should start preparing for the post-Corbyn era

As electoral disaster looms, Labour should start preparing for the post-Corbyn era

While Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to defy his critics, experts consider the outcome of the snap election a foregone conclusion. But what will happen next for Labour? Eunice Goes explains that getting rid of Corbyn after a defeat will not be a panacea for the party’s troubles, but a new leader who will have the support of the PLP […]

Theresa May’s snap election: historic or Pyrrhic?

Will the Prime Minister’s decision to call an early election work in her favour? Ben Worthy looks at the data from previous ‘takeover’ prime ministers. He concludes that an election victory will free Theresa May from the short fate of other takeovers but won’t, in itself, help her secure a long or more stable premiership.

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    Good for the Conservatives, bad for the country: Four reasons why a snap election is a bad idea

Good for the Conservatives, bad for the country: Four reasons why a snap election is a bad idea

Although there are clear benefits for the Conservative Party in holding a general election in 2017, the same does not go for the country, writes Andrew Defty. He explains why an election is unnecessary and how it may accelerate the break-up of the Union – all while deepening divisions over Brexit.

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    Joint sovereignty? The implications of a snap election for Northern Ireland

Joint sovereignty? The implications of a snap election for Northern Ireland

The key implication of the current political direction for Northern Ireland, especially in light of a snap UK election, is Direct Rule. But what form will it take? Sean Swan writes that there is one form of Direct Rule that would be compatible with the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement: joint sovereignty.

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    Delivering Brexit: the four big challenges facing the already strained civil service

Delivering Brexit: the four big challenges facing the already strained civil service

Will the UK civil service be able to deliver Brexit alongside the efficient day-to-day provision of public services and the government’s manifesto commitments? A recent National Audit Office report identified three challenges facing Whitehall – complexity, capacity and feasibility – to which Nicholas Wright adds a fourth: trust. The suspicion that civil servants are not wholly persuaded by the case […]

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