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    Voters in marginal constituencies know more about parties’ policy positions than those in safe seats

Voters in marginal constituencies know more about parties’ policy positions than those in safe seats

Britain’s first past the post electoral system means that at general elections only a minority of constituencies are likely to change hands. Voters in these marginal seats, therefore, play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections. Caitlin Milazzo has examined how well-informed voters are about their choices in marginal seats, compared to those in safe seats, and shares her […]

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    Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

The so called ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process, in which European-level political parties proposed formal candidates for President of the European Commission prior to the European Parliament elections, has been strongly opposed by David Cameron and the British government. This opposition has led to intense disagreement between the UK and other EU states, notably Germany, over whether Jean-Claude Juncker, the candidate for […]

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    Jean-Claude Juncker should be given the chance to head the European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker should be given the chance to head the European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker, the lead candidate to head the European Commission, has come under fire from the British press and David Cameron. However, most of these criticisms reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Commission is and does, writes Mareike Kleine. More importantly, if Juncker is denied the role the attempt at politicization, at making the link between EU politics and […]

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    These European elections were not as momentous as many commentators seem to believe

These European elections were not as momentous as many commentators seem to believe

The earthquake has happened, the tremors have been felt, party leaders are dealing with the aftershocks and a number of fault-lines in contemporary British and European politics have been exposed. Or have they? Were the European elections really as momentous as many social and political commentators seem to believe? For one, the fact that we witnessed change might represent […]

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    Ed Miliband and the bacon sandwich: Exploring the relationship between the serious and the frivolous

Ed Miliband and the bacon sandwich: Exploring the relationship between the serious and the frivolous

With a less than convincing showing for Labour in the local and European elections, criticisms of Ed Miliband’s leadership grew louder. But there is a paradox at play: while his critics emphasise the need for serious policy and direction, the criticisms of Miliband are only ever trivial; about his looks or how he eats a bacon sandwich. John Gaffney explores the complex […]

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    Despite disastrous election results and an attempted leadership coup, there’s still hope for the Lib Dems

Despite disastrous election results and an attempted leadership coup, there’s still hope for the Lib Dems

Following disastrous results in the European and local elections, calls for Nick Clegg to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats have grown stronger. Lord Oakeshott, a Lib Dem peer, has today resigned after it has emerged that he commissioned polls showing that sitting Lib Dem MPs would be trounced if Clegg remained leader. Nevertheless, Tim Oliver still […]

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    Labour faces important strategic challenges as new social cleavages emerge

Labour faces important strategic challenges as new social cleavages emerge

How do voters decide on which party to support? Eric Shaw explains that, rather than being ‘rational’, most people follow cognitive short-cuts, reaching conclusion on the basis of their perceptions of economic competence and the quality of party leadership. Labour faces issues on both of these counts: Ed Miliband is widely regarded as a weak leader and the public […]

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    The grass roots are withering and the money is drying up, breeding pessimism for local democracy

The grass roots are withering and the money is drying up, breeding pessimism for local democracy

 In a new book, Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie document how increasingly difficult it has become for local parties and their candidates to obtain campaign funds. Moreover, the grass roots membership is in terminal decline and local campaigns are increasingly centralised and focused on target seats. These trends are set to continue with no major reform of how parties are […]

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