Party politics and elections

Labour and the unions: the awkward couple

Labour is in a difficult situation as it looks to elect a new leader. It desperately needs the big, militant unions to back off and not taint their next leader by treating him or her as their puppet. To the unions, on the other hand, it’s vital that they not allow the next Labour leader to ignore their concerns, writes […]

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    UKIP’s future hangs on the strength of its leadership, not its internal democracy

UKIP’s future hangs on the strength of its leadership, not its internal democracy

Nigel Farage has recently come under fire from an influential member from within his own party for his authoritarian style of leadership. But research suggests successful right-wing populist parties often have leaders with strong internal leadership qualities who exercise firm control over the party. In this article, Fabio Wolkenstein looks at examples from across Europe, which may provide lessons for UKIP.

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    The coalition effect on the Liberal Democrats: Driven to the edge of Europe

The coalition effect on the Liberal Democrats: Driven to the edge of Europe

Throughout the coalition, a gradual change of the Lib Dems’ approach to the EU in a number of areas can be seen. In this article, Eunice Goes analyses the mistakes the party made and what effect being in a coalition government has had on Nick Clegg’s party.

When the Liberal Democrats joined the coalition government in 2010 they were expected […]

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    The Liberal Democrats in government: Marching towards the sound of gunfire

The Liberal Democrats in government: Marching towards the sound of gunfire

In 2010 many predicted that Britain’s first post-war coalition government would not last to 2015 and that it would be the Liberal Democrats who would break first. Tim Oliver discusses why the party held on despite massive pressure, and what this can tell us about the performance of third parties in coalition government.
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All change in Scotland?

The independence referendum in Scotland played a decisive role in galvanising support for the SNP and leading many Labour voters to abandon ship. In this article, Eric Shaw reflects on Labour’s predicament in Scotland.

Arriving to the leadership a few short months ago, Jim Murphy knew he had a tough fight on his hands to save as many of Labour’s 41 […]

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    The SNP’s exponential rise is throwing the British system of government into turmoil

The SNP’s exponential rise is throwing the British system of government into turmoil

The 2015 general election looks set to be an exceptionally good one for the SNP, who look set to not only supplant Labour as the largest party north of the border, but to rout it. Sean Swan argues that this could see considerable change in the way British politics is conducted in future, particularly given their possible involvement in any minority or […]

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    There is ample scope for questioning Nick Clegg’s political integrity

There is ample scope for questioning Nick Clegg’s political integrity

Questions about the moral character of Nick Clegg have hardly gone away since he broke his promise not to raise tuition fees. Some have defended the deputy prime minister, noting that breaking promises is an inevitable feature of politics and joining coalition government meant not all the Lib Dem manifesto pledges were realistic. But by making such an unbending statement in the first place and […]

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    On the dynamics of leader effects in British general elections

On the dynamics of leader effects in British general elections

The true extent of party leaders’ influence on the way individuals vote needs to take into account election-specific evaluations of political parties as well, says Anthony Mughan. Among other conclusions on the dynamics of leader effects, his research finds that partisans are more likely to defect to another party when, in the election, they like that party’s leader more […]

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