GE2017

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    Weak government, strong parliament? A preview of Theresa May’s legislative challenges

Weak government, strong parliament? A preview of Theresa May’s legislative challenges

Being the first without a majority in the Commons or the Lords for 40 years, how will May’s minority government implement any part of their legislative agenda? How will committees function? Will the smaller parties in the Commons work together? Marc Geddes, Alexandra Meakin, and Louise Thompson offer a preview of how the 2017 Parliament may function.

With the general […]

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    Marriage from hell: what can Australia’s coalition tell us about the Tory-DUP government?

Marriage from hell: what can Australia’s coalition tell us about the Tory-DUP government?

For the first time in British history, the Conservatives will be forced to rely on the hardline, illiberal Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to push through legislation. Patrick Leslie and Marija Taflaga look at what we can glean from Australia’s experience of right-wing coalitions.
Although unprecedented in the UK, we can look to other Westminster-based systems for insights. In Australia, for […]

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    GE2017 demonstrated the enduring nature of the Labour and Co-operative alliance

GE2017 demonstrated the enduring nature of the Labour and Co-operative alliance

In an election marked by surprising outcomes and division, the Co-operative Party escaped not only unscathed but stronger, and is now the third largest in the House of Commons. In light of the its centenary year, Sean Kippin reviews the party’s history and writes that both the number and the high profile of its MPs are a testament to […]

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    The DUP and equal rights in Northern Ireland – what the rest of the UK can no longer ignore

The DUP and equal rights in Northern Ireland – what the rest of the UK can no longer ignore

With May’s minority government about to be propped up by the DUP, mainland UK is getting more familiar with the tone and content of party politics in Northern Ireland. This includes learning more about the incredibly restrictive legal situation that exists there for the LGBT community and for women seeking terminations, explains Jennifer Thomson.

After several days of confusion, speculation, […]

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    The manipulative flattery of the youth vote is demeaning to young people and bad for politics

The manipulative flattery of the youth vote is demeaning to young people and bad for politics

There is currently much debate around the age divisions that marked the EU referendum and the 2017 general election. Jennie Bristow writes that it’s time politicians started treating young people as voters, not as a stage army for particular causes. In their turn, young voters need to appreciate the importance of engaging with the democratic process, not simply turn […]

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    Women and the 2017 Parliament: scratching, rather than smashing the glass ceiling

Women and the 2017 Parliament: scratching, rather than smashing the glass ceiling

With a record high number of women elected to Parliament, was the 2017 general election something to celebrate? Sarah Childs, Meryl Kenny, and Jessica Smith re-assess the recent result and consider what it means for women’s political representation.

‘Record-breaking’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historic’ – these were the headlines after the UK’s 2017 General Election. Some of the articles attached to these celebratory […]

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    Why trying to understand GE2017 as “the young vs the old” is a bad idea

Why trying to understand GE2017 as “the young vs the old” is a bad idea

The outcome of the 2017 election is being interpreted along the lines of young vs old, each voting for their own interests. But focussing on the demographics and second-guessing their underlying opinions prevents us from focusing on the expression of those opinions directly – on the political programmes that people have chosen to endorse in this election, writes Jonathan White.

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    Who swung GE2017: young voters turning out, or older voters not?

Who swung GE2017: young voters turning out, or older voters not?

That the Labour party got 40% of the vote – against all odds – is being attributed to a higher turnout among young voters. Thiemo Fetzer’s analysis finds that older voters did not turn up to vote, relative to younger voters. He also finds that in many places, the older vote was split between the two main parties, possibly […]