It is easy to assume that Brexit will increase support for an independent Scotland. However looking at recent polls, Sean Swan writes that Scottish support for remaining in the EU does not translate directly into supporting independence as a means of achieving that goal. At the same time, Brexit also appears not to have had a dramatic effect on […]
In a recently published article, Stephen Dyson considers the contrasting leadership styles of Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling. Using data from House of Commons debates, he argues that the different manners of leading displayed by the ex-Prime Minister and the former Chancellor during the financial crisis of 2008 onwards shows that personality is fundamentally important to politics and decision-making.
In a recently published article, Oliver Heath presents an examination of class-based inequalities in turnout at British elections. These inequalities have substantially grown over time. The analysis suggests that the decline in proportion of elected representatives from working-class backgrounds is strongly associated with the rise of working-class abstention.
In recent years there has been a great deal of concern about […]
Although we know the membership figures, we know little about how representative of the public Labour is. Ben Margulies writes that it is not especially representative, and so Corbyn’s majority within the party does not, in itself, mean that the gap between “the people” and “the elite” in the UK is being bridged. For the party to function again, […]
When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in 2015, the result astonished many; his re-election surprised no-one. Analysing the 2016 voting data, Peter Dorey and Andrew Denham find a few surprises amidst the details.
In Labour’s 2015 leadership contest, a major question had been how a rank outsider and perceived political maverick, like Jeremy Corbyn, could possibly be elected leader […]
There has been much talk about whether a general election will or should take place before 2020, the key arguments behind it being that Theresa May has no mandate to carry out her programme, while also having no mandate to negotiate the exact terms of Brexit. Calling an early election would therefore be a single-topic vote. Yossi Nehushtan explains […]