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    Legislation at Westminster: how parliament matters more than people think

Legislation at Westminster: how parliament matters more than people think

The Westminster parliament is famous throughout the world, but often presented as relatively non-influential when it comes to making the law. Meg Russell and Daniel Gover’s new book Legislation at Westminster is the most detailed study of the British legislative process for over 40 years, and challenges these assumptions. Here the authors summarise their findings on how different groups […]

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    We ask much of our councillors but do not support them in refreshing local democracy

We ask much of our councillors but do not support them in refreshing local democracy

Much is expected of councillors in governing their areas and in solving multiple and intricate problems. Yet, their powers and responsibilities are increasingly out of step with the work need to undertake. Colin Copus and Rachel Wall draw on their work with councillors to explain the problem and its possible solutions.

Exploring the work of the councillor has been a […]

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    Christian Socialism: does left-wing Christianity exist in British politics?

Christian Socialism: does left-wing Christianity exist in British politics?

Although Christianity is often associated with conservatism, Christian Socialism is a well-established ideological strand within British politics, explains Anthony A.J. Williams. He outlines its origins and evolution.

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s first duties after his re-election as leader of the Labour Party in September 2016 was an appearance at the Sunday morning service organised by Christians on the Left, at […]

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    The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, and divided on several others

The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, and divided on several others

Sara Hobolt and Thomas Leeper examined public opinion on various dimensions of Brexit using an innovative technique for revealing preferences. Their results suggest that while the public is largely indifferent about many aspects of the negotiations, Leave and Remain voters are divided on several key issues. 

Measuring public preferences is commonly approached through survey questionnaires, in which individuals express a […]

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    Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Did constituency visits by the Labour and Conservative leaders impact on the election result? Alia Middleton explains why Jeremy Corbyn’s unconventional campaign trail did help Labour, whose vote share rose in areas he visited, while Theresa May’s visits appear to have made little difference.

No sooner had Theresa May stood outside Number 10 on 18 April 2017 to announce the […]

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    The 21st Century Councillor: why we need to invest more in our local representatives

The 21st Century Councillor: why we need to invest more in our local representatives

Little attention has been paid to the work of councillors, while discussion around the topic is often based on the assumed shortcomings of the position. But such preconceptions prevent support from being offered to councillors, at a time when austerity governance makes their work more complex, write Neil Barnett, Steven Griggs and David Howarth.

Local government has been particularly hard […]

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    Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

When it comes to international diplomacy, the UK has benefited considerably from being part of the EU. But can it maintain its influence at the UN without an EU membership? Megan Dee and Karen E. Smith outline the challenges and opportunities in this area after Brexit.

As divorce proceedings commence, attentions around the world turn to the specifics of what the […]

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    What the Five Foundations theory tells us about the Conservative and Labour party Twitter feeds

What the Five Foundations theory tells us about the Conservative and Labour party Twitter feeds

Differences between the messages communicated by the two main parties through Twitter during the election campaign were consistent with differences between left and right wing moral priorities observed elsewhere, write David Smith and Beatrice Baroni. They use the Five Foundations theory to explain their findings.

We all know the clichés: Corbynistas are well meaning fantasists, short of a magic money […]

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