Party politics and elections

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    Political scandals and blame games – studying politicians under the eye of the public and behind closed doors

Political scandals and blame games – studying politicians under the eye of the public and behind closed doors

Political scandals and subsequent ‘blame games’ might be an an inevitable part of government, but Markus Hinterleitner and Fritz Sager argue that we need to look beyond the usual focus – the fall-out – to study the political maneuvering that occurs before a scandal breaks. To do this they take inspiration from the philosophical prince of the political plot, Machiavelli.

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    Understanding Ed Miliband’s failed attempt to renew social democracy

Understanding Ed Miliband’s failed attempt to renew social democracy

Despite many seeing Ed Miliband as being responsible for Labour’s 2015 defeat, much more contributed to the party’s failures, explains Eunice Goes. Drawing on her latest book, she writes that the European context of crisis and austerity created a situation that Labour – together with other European social democratic parties – failed to steer through successfully. It is within […]

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    Brexit and Indyref: Does campaign information actually change voters’ minds during a referendum?

Brexit and Indyref: Does campaign information actually change voters’ minds during a referendum?

Both sides of the UK’s referendum campaign have invested huge resources in trying to convince the electorate to back them, but how effective can these efforts be? Drawing on research in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Davide Morisi illustrates how information can have an impact on the electorate. He notes that much like the pro-independence side in Scotland, the […]

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    Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

The referendum debate has revealed deep fissures in the Conservative Party. Sean Swan considers the different scenarios that might follow the vote, and writes that – in or out – it does not seem likely that the losing side will simply accept the referendum result as the end of the matter.

Most analysis of the referendum has, understandably, focused on the […]

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    Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

Fractured and unmanageable? Labour Party Management under Blair and under Corbyn

Under Tony Blair, Labour’s managerial structure shifted from a pluralist system to a centrally directed one. Eric Shaw explains that this structure of control has now unravelled and power is dispersed among a range of institutions which are resistant to Jeremy Corbyn’s rule – and so Labour at times verges on the ungovernable.

Labour is facing a crisis of party […]

Going, Going, Gone: How Safe is David Cameron?

Last weekend, rumors were once again abound of plots to remove David Cameron as leader. Ben Worthy assesses the Prime Minister’s position in light of the latest threat, and writes that although it appears probable he will survive attempts to topple him in the short-term, the plots, rumours and rebellion will continue.

The UK’s EU referendum has turned into a series […]

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    Staying loyal or leaving the party? How open and extrovert personality traits help explain vote switching

Staying loyal or leaving the party? How open and extrovert personality traits help explain vote switching

Why are some citizens more likely to change their vote choice? Bert Bakker, Robert Klemmensen, Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard and Gijs Schumacher show that vote switching is associated with citizen’s personality traits. Looking at UK and Denmark, they find that openness helps explain vote switching in both countries. In Denmark having a more extrovert personality is associated with party loyalty, but this does not hold for […]

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    Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Talking at an LSE event, Jeremy Corbyn set out his views on how the Labour Party can rebuild the politics of hope. By explaining how faith in politics was lost, he explained how that faith can be restored, how it also requires economic justice and credibility, and how Labour can promote the core idea behind socialism: that everyone should […]

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