Party politics and elections

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    Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Although often ridiculed in the 1980s, the left’s social policies were on the winning side when it came to gender, sexuality, and environmentalism, writes James Curran. However, the same cannot be said for their politics of race, and certainly not for their economic policies.

During the 1980s, the urban left was rendered toxic. It was reviled by the press, demonised […]

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    Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

What are the connections between education and political behaviour? Paula Surridge explains why there may be something specific about the experience of higher education which produces more liberal values, regardless of the subject of study. She writes that a fruitful line of enquiry for political scientists will be to seek a deeper understanding of the connections between education and […]

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    The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

What are the views of British Jews towards Labour and its leader, given the party’s continuous association with antisemitism, particularly in recent years? Andrew Barclay finds that, rather unsurprisingly, there is now homogeneity of Conservative support within this group of voters, all at Labour’s cost.

One of the more unexpected developments in British politics since 2015 has been the return […]

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    Leader approval ratings give neither main party cause for optimism if an election was held in 2018

Leader approval ratings give neither main party cause for optimism if an election was held in 2018

Ruth Dixon considers poll results of UK party leader satisfaction amongst their own party supporters as possible predictors of election success. The findings give little comfort to either of the two main parties, should an election be held in 2018. ‘Enthusiastic supporters’ appear less numerous than before any election over the past two decades. These polls give neither party […]

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    Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland

Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland

Thousands joined the SNP and Scottish Greens following the 2014 referendum, which they lost. Were these new members driven by an identification with the Yes movement? Lynn Bennie, James Mitchell, and Rob Johns explain how movement politics may have sparked a new type of party member.

It seems that we are living in an age when any party, campaign or event […]

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    Labour should be campaigning for a citizens’ wealth fund instead of a worker-ownership plan

Labour should be campaigning for a citizens’ wealth fund instead of a worker-ownership plan

Instead of giving some workers a small ownership stake in the companies they work for, Labour should be backing a citizens’ wealth fund, writes Stewart Lansley. A fund financed by the dilution of capital ownership would introduce the principle of profit sharing across all medium and large firms; and the benefits would be distributed collectively to all citizens rather […]

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    Parish Councils are a vital space for participatory democracy – but they are in crisis

Parish Councils are a vital space for participatory democracy – but they are in crisis

Despite being the first tier of government in England, Parish Councils are the least democratic of all tiers, writes Joanie Willett. She explains why that is and argues that a big part of the solution lies in employing new communication strategies in order to effectively engage a broader demographic.

When we talk about British politics, there is a tendency to […]

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    How ‘local’ are UK politicians? Comparing MPs’ constituencies and their place of birth

How ‘local’ are UK politicians? Comparing MPs’ constituencies and their place of birth

Does it matter to voters if a candidate was born in the same region as the constituency they are contesting? Using this definition of ‘localness’, and with data from the 2014 and 2015 general elections, Rob Gandy presents evidence in support of the argument that localism is on the rise.

The League of Gentlemen’s question ‘Are you local?’ will chime […]