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    Five minutes with John Curtice (part 3): “The problem facing the Conservatives is that so far this is a voteless economic recovery”

Five minutes with John Curtice (part 3): “The problem facing the Conservatives is that so far this is a voteless economic recovery”

Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin recently interviewed the polling and public opinion specialist John Curtice. Here, he argues that the Conservatives will find it very difficult to win a majority in the House of Commons in 2015, and that Ed Miliband has not succeeded in framing a compelling narrative to justify voting Labour. 

The General Election polls are quite erratic but […]

A reshuffle for women? Welcome, but underwhelming

Has David Cameron succeeded in making his cabinet more diverse and representative of the population? Claire Annesley and Francesca Gains argue that the prime minister still has much more to do to if he is to improve the representation of women. They suggest that Cameron should make sure more women are selected for winnable Conservative seats and reinstate and resource a dedicated women […]

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    David Cameron’s reshuffle – good butchery, or a botched job?

David Cameron’s reshuffle – good butchery, or a botched job?

Will David Cameron’s reshuffle pay off with the electorate? While we can interpret the changes as an electoral gambit, Mark Garnett argues that there might be a deeper purpose. Alongside the prime minister’s old reluctance to alienate old friends, this reshuffle suggests a keen (if not desperate) desire to cultivate some new ones.
Most aficionados of British political history know the piece of advice attributed to William Gladstone […]

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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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