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    The politics of reason? Reassessing the ‘post-war consensus’ between Labour and the Conservatives

The politics of reason? Reassessing the ‘post-war consensus’ between Labour and the Conservatives

Was there really a post-war consensus in British politics? Dean Blackburn explains the nature of this convergence. He writes that although Labour and the Conservatives had different objectives, both preferred piecemeal to radical change, meaning that their disagreements were contained within a set of ideational parameters.

The post-war period continues to cast a long shadow over contemporary politics. Not only […]

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    A fundamentally Conservative document: what have we learnt from May’s manifesto?

A fundamentally Conservative document: what have we learnt from May’s manifesto?

Despite Theresa May being called a ‘Red Tory’ following the publication of the 2017 manifesto, the pledges do not mark a rupture with the conservatism of recent decades, argues Richard Hayton. Here he explains what went into the manifesto, what was notably left out, and why the document will occupy and reshape the centre ground of British politics.

What a […]

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    Catholic voters in Britain: what are their political preferences?

Catholic voters in Britain: what are their political preferences?

Is religion a good vote predictor? Ben Clements looks at the preferences of the Catholic community in the UK and finds that the historical data confirm a strong link between Catholics and the Labour Party – a link that is even clearer in Scotland. But more recent data also indicate some decrease in support.

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    Redefining the political landscape: here’s how a Progressive Alliance could work

Redefining the political landscape: here’s how a Progressive Alliance could work

Talks of a Progressive Alliance emerged as soon as the snap election was called. With Theresa May polling well ahead of the rest, an alliance seems to be the only alternative to the Conservative Party’s governing style. Alan Wager explains what history can teach us about the strategic purpose of such an agreement, how it would work in terms […]

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    Conservative election expenses: the problem with attacking electoral regulators

Conservative election expenses: the problem with attacking electoral regulators

No charges will be made against Conservative candidates who allegedly broke electoral law during the 2015 campaign. The first reaction of some of those involved was to feel vindicated, their second was to attack the regulators. Alistair Clark explains the importance of electoral law, and writes that, with trust in politics being already weak, politicians should be supporting the […]

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    It was Thatcher wot lost it – or was it? Conservative electoral decline in Liverpool since 1945

It was Thatcher wot lost it – or was it? Conservative electoral decline in Liverpool since 1945

Contrary to popular narratives that see Margaret Thatcher as the cause of Conservative decline in Liverpool, David Jeffery explains that various other factors were in play, long before Thatcher came to power. Those factors, combined with the rise of the Liberals in the 1970s, displaced the Conservatives as the main local opposition to Labour.

Theresa May’s Conservatives have consistently been […]

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    Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Soft Brexit, soft landing? Interpreting Labour’s Brexit strategy

Will the decision to back a soft Brexit hurt Labour’s prospects in the upcoming election further, or would it help? And what would it do to Labour’s prospects in the long run? Ben Margulies looks at the evidence and explains how Labour can avoid becoming irrelevant and how it can recover its position as the leading party of the […]

Which referendum exactly will GE 2017 be about in Scotland?

Although Theresa May wishes this election to be about the UK government’s mandate for the Brexit negotiations, Scottish parties may want voters to have a different referendum in mind when they cast their ballots in June. Ailsa Henderson explains.

Political parties in states where there are regional, linguistic or religious divisions face certain choices, including about their mode of organisation […]

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