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    Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Will the decision to back a soft Brexit hurt Labour’s prospects in the upcoming election further, or would it help? And what would it do to Labour’s prospects in the long run? Ben Margulies looks at the evidence and explains how Labour can avoid becoming irrelevant and how it can recover its position as the leading party of the […]

Which referendum exactly will GE 2017 be about in Scotland?

Although Theresa May wishes this election to be about the UK government’s mandate for the Brexit negotiations, Scottish parties may want voters to have a different referendum in mind when they cast their ballots in June. Ailsa Henderson explains.

Political parties in states where there are regional, linguistic or religious divisions face certain choices, including about their mode of organisation […]

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    Non-member supporters and GE 2017: a vital but underestimated campaigning resource

Non-member supporters and GE 2017: a vital but underestimated campaigning resource

Party members are vital for party campaigning: they are more readily mobilised and engage more in high intensity activities than party supporters. At the same time, there are more non-member supporters than there are members. Monica Poletti looks at the data and explains that supporters have a more equal gender split, they are on average less well-educated and more likely to […]

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    Apathy or lack of civic education? Why young people don’t vote

Apathy or lack of civic education? Why young people don’t vote

The consistently low turnout rates among young people are often interpreted as apathy. But this is not the case, explains Iro Konstantinou. She writes that the curriculum must be widened to include more practical democratic issues than just traditional party politics, and take into account the socio-economic background of students so that it talks about the social issues that matter […]

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    Female electoral turnout in Northern Ireland: the democratic deficit among Protestant women

Female electoral turnout in Northern Ireland: the democratic deficit among Protestant women

Using data from the 2015 Northern Ireland Election Survey, Bernadette C. Hayes examines differences in electoral turnout between Protestant and Catholic women in Northern Ireland. She finds that Catholic women are significantly more likely to vote than Protestant women. She explains the implications.

Political participation and electoral turnout are considered the life blood of a healthy democracy. This is considered […]

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    As electoral disaster looms, Labour should start preparing for the post-Corbyn era

As electoral disaster looms, Labour should start preparing for the post-Corbyn era

While Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to defy his critics, experts consider the outcome of the snap election a foregone conclusion. But what will happen next for Labour? Eunice Goes explains that getting rid of Corbyn after a defeat will not be a panacea for the party’s troubles, but a new leader who will have the support of the PLP […]

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    What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

The Conservative Party’s record on healthcare is not its strongest point in the polls. With the NHS caught in what seems like a perpetual crisis, and with services suffering all the more as a result, what promises can Theresa May make in her snap election manifesto? Tony Hockley writes that there is one critical pledge: the NHS must have […]

Theresa May’s snap election: historic or Pyrrhic?

Will the Prime Minister’s decision to call an early election work in her favour? Ben Worthy looks at the data from previous ‘takeover’ prime ministers. He concludes that an election victory will free Theresa May from the short fate of other takeovers but won’t, in itself, help her secure a long or more stable premiership.

When Theresa May became Prime […]

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