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    A victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race could bring about a realignment of British politics

A victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership race could bring about a realignment of British politics

Jeremy Corbyn looks set to win the Labour leadership election, despite initially being pegged as a no-hope also-ran. The conservative right are cheering him on, seeing the Islington North MP as ushering in a period of Conservative Party hegemony. But is he being underestimated? Danny Rye argues that a Corbyn-led party could see a realignment of not just the […]

Welcome to Britain’s first ever prime ministerial primary

Win or lose, Corbyn’s success adds credence to the conclusion that Britain is in the midst of its first prime ministerial primary, writes Josh Cowls. The most significant factor for this is Labour’s new voting system and its lower barriers to membership. These changes have blurred the lines between party membership and the American system of party registration.

#JezWeCan? It’s […]

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    The cry of populism signals a wider frustration with ‘politics as usual’. Greater use of deliberation could be the answer

The cry of populism signals a wider frustration with ‘politics as usual’. Greater use of deliberation could be the answer

Populist movements of both left and right have been one of the stories of recent years, with the likes of UKIP increasing in popularity. In an age of political platitudes and a marked disconnect between elected and electors, Claudia Chwalisz argues for the greater use of deliberative methods as a way of bringing the marginalised back into the fold.

It has become fashionable to […]

Jeremy Corbyn is the New Left

What are the reasons for the meteoric rise of Jeremy Corbyn, who now seems highly likely to be elected as Labour’s next leader? In this article, Bart Cammaerts explores why Corbyn is succeeding despite much of the media and Labour party figures coming out forcefully against him, writing that he represents the renewal of a pronounced leftist discourse and agenda.

In the UK, but also abroad, the […]

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    Populist personalities? The Big Five Personality Traits and party choice in the 2015 UK general election

Populist personalities? The Big Five Personality Traits and party choice in the 2015 UK general election

To what extent are decisions at the ballot box driven by a voter’s personality? In this article, James Dennison examines the association between personality traits and party choice in the UK’s 2015 general election. He finds, among other things, that UKIP and Green voters are the most closed and open-minded respectively.

Why people vote for certain parties remains one of the most regularly investigated […]

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    Even if he wins, Jeremy Corbyn will never be able to lead the Labour Party

Even if he wins, Jeremy Corbyn will never be able to lead the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn is the unlikely favourite for the Labour leadership, with leadership election rule changes and an influx of new members and supporters fuelling his rise. But what would result of his ascendency to the party’s top job? Eunice Goes, author of a forthcoming book about Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party, argues the Corbyn may end up […]

The Labour leadership election is a democratic travesty

Ballot papers for the Labour leadership contest were dispatched earlier this week to members, and affiliated supporters. The contest has taken an unexpected course, with the former outsider Jeremy Corbyn set to emerge victorious. In this article, Craig Berry questions whether the Labour Party leadership elections are democratic at all following recent procedural changes.

The idea that the seemingly imminent election […]

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    Negativity towards politics may be a by-product of a failure in ‘moral accounting’

Negativity towards politics may be a by-product of a failure in ‘moral accounting’

Politics and politicians are unpopular, with low turnout marking recent election cycles, and hostility following our representatives around every corner. Many theories have been advanced as to why this might be the case, but here Southampton University’s Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker, Jonathan Moss, and Nick Clarke argue that it could be to do with failure in appreciating the moral complexities of the practice […]

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