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    The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

Does the European Parliament adequately represent the views of European citizens? Drawing on a recent study, Miriam Sorace finds that it is far more representative of voters’ views than commonly thought. It is the lack of information about European election campaigns, as well as a tendency for voters to cast protest votes that can lead to less effective representation.

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    Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Even in 2016 – before Turkey’s latest turn towards authoritarianism – the chances of the country joining the EU before 2030 were remote. Yet this did not prevent Vote Leave from claiming during the UK’s EU referendum campaign that Turkey was poised to join. This unfounded claim, argues James Ker-Lindsay, played into voters’ existing worries about immigration and may even […]

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    Capitalism will not give us the will to fight capitalism – what we need is a new International

Capitalism will not give us the will to fight capitalism – what we need is a new International

With the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, and with socialist parties around Europe fighting only for national attention, is there hope for an international left? Lea Ypi writes that, more than ever, the world has to be made by those sceptical of capitalism. She makes the case for rebuilding international solidarity.

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    Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Popular explanations of the Brexit vote have centred on the division between cosmopolitan internationalists who voted Remain, and geographically-rooted individuals who voted Leave. Katy Morris, Neil Lee, and Thomas Kemeny write that residential immobility also matters. They explain why those living in their county of birth were more likely to support Leave. However, the impact of immobility was filtered […]

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    How effective is Parliament in controlling UK government and representing citizens?

How effective is Parliament in controlling UK government and representing citizens?

As part of the 2017 Audit of UK Democracy, Artemis Photiadou and Patrick Dunleavy consider how well the House of Commons functions as a legislature. Is Parliament still an effective focus of national debate and close control of the executive? And how well does the Commons function in scrutinising and passing legislation, or monitoring policy implementation?

What does democracy require for the legislature in […]

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    The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up in the name of Brexit

The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up in the name of Brexit

Theresa May announced that Britain will return to its blue-coloured passport in 2019. Eleanor Knott writes that blue passports are meaningful outside the EU, too. In Moldova, for example, the blue passport symbolises a world in which Moldovans were unable to travel freely. She argues that in the UK, the blue passport is the symbol of all that the country is giving up […]

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    Not 2017’s top reads: Assessing the value of academic blogging, beyond ‘hits’

Not 2017’s top reads: Assessing the value of academic blogging, beyond ‘hits’

Should the popularity of an article determine whether academics choose to blog again? In light of increasing interest in the number of times an article has been read, Artemis Photiadou explains why such information gives only part of the picture, and how it may distract from the many benefits academic blogging offers.

There is a December tradition for blogs to […]

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    Beware the new justifications for the green belt: what we need is a new approach

Beware the new justifications for the green belt: what we need is a new approach

Alan Mace looks at the justifications in the Draft London Plan for refusing to rethink the green belt. He writes that some of these justifications in the plan reflect a long history of overpromising on what delivers.

Despite the housing crisis in London, the Draft London Plan (DLP) rules out any rethinking of green belt policy, now some eighty years […]