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    Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Did constituency visits by the Labour and Conservative leaders impact on the election result? Alia Middleton explains why Jeremy Corbyn’s unconventional campaign trail did help Labour, whose vote share rose in areas he visited, while Theresa May’s visits appear to have made little difference.

No sooner had Theresa May stood outside Number 10 on 18 April 2017 to announce the […]

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    How shifts in Scottish public opinion helped the Conservatives reverse their long-term decline

How shifts in Scottish public opinion helped the Conservatives reverse their long-term decline

Kieran Wright argues that changes in Scottish public opinion since the introduction of devolution have neutralised certain features of the Scottish Conservative Party that used to be a significant electoral liability.

In marked contrast to the party’s anaemic performance in the rest of Great Britain, the Conservative Party in Scotland enjoyed its best night in decades in the 2017 general […]

Redshift over Britain: is the Centre moving Left?

Is Jeremy Corbyn the new Centre in British politics? Ed Straw explains how years of privatisation, uncontrolled immigration, and deterioration in public services – combined with the lack of choice that comes with First Past the Post – all call for a leftward turn, and could rejuvenate the Labour Party.

Turning a signpost through 90 degrees at a crossroads in […]

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    “All that is solid…”: the destructive tendencies of the Conservative Party

“All that is solid…”: the destructive tendencies of the Conservative Party

Is there a winning future for the Conservatives? Tom Barker and Conor Farrington outline the party’s recent history and find that it has often demonstrated a careless approach to institutions and objectives it has otherwise claimed to champion. For there to be a winning future, the Conservatives must seek to genuinely rebuild, rather than merely pay lip-service to, a One […]

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    Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Government runs roughshod over Parliament, as the 2017 election demonstrates. But the Fixed-term Parliaments Act remains on the statute book. Graham Allen and Andrew Blick explain what improvements can be made to the law and the democratic motivations behind them.

Whether one extracts pleasure, dismay or bewilderment from the result of the recent General Election, certain observations are clear. While […]

Why Theresa May’s gamble at the polls failed

What was the impact of Brexit on the 2017 general election result? What difference did the collapse of UKIP make? And what was the relative importance of factors such as turnout, education, age, and ethnic diversity on support for the two main parties? In a new article forthcoming in Political Quarterly, Oliver Heath and Matthew Goodwin answer these questions.

Theresa May’s […]

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    Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Twenty years after losing all of their Scottish seats, the 2017 general election gave 13 MPs to the Conservatives. Was that because Scotland is becoming more conservative? The factors behind the revival look to be more Unionist than conservative, explains Malcolm Harvey, with Indyref2, Brexit, and SNP’s governing competence being the most significant.

One of the remarkable stories of the 2017 […]

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    UKIP giveth and UKIP taketh away: why Brexit may prove an electoral dead end for the Tories

UKIP giveth and UKIP taketh away: why Brexit may prove an electoral dead end for the Tories

Although the Tories gained back votes from UKIP in 2017, their hard Brexit rhetoric also lost them votes to Labour. But if the party softens on Brexit to gain those back, they could once again bleed voters to a resurgent UKIP. Heinz Brandenburg and Anders Widfeldt explain the data behind this dilemma.

If everything had gone to plan, the main […]

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