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    Staying loyal or leaving the party? How open and extrovert personality traits help explain vote switching

Staying loyal or leaving the party? How open and extrovert personality traits help explain vote switching

Why are some citizens more likely to change their vote choice? Bert Bakker, Robert Klemmensen, Asbjørn Sonne Nørgaard and Gijs Schumacher show that vote switching is associated with citizen’s personality traits. Looking at UK and Denmark, they find that openness helps explain vote switching in both countries. In Denmark having a more extrovert personality is associated with party loyalty, but this does not hold for […]

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    Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Jeremy Corbyn on why and how Labour must rebuild the politics of hope

Talking at an LSE event, Jeremy Corbyn set out his views on how the Labour Party can rebuild the politics of hope. By explaining how faith in politics was lost, he explained how that faith can be restored, how it also requires economic justice and credibility, and how Labour can promote the core idea behind socialism: that everyone should […]

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    What next for the Greens? The Green Party after Natalie Bennett

What next for the Greens? The Green Party after Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett recently announced that she will not seek re-election for a third term as leader of the Green Party. James Dennison evaluates Bennett’s leadership, as well as the impact that the negative press coverage she received had on the party. Thanks to the party’s growing membership under her leadership – having attracted voters from Labour and from the […]

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    Improvements in turnout and more partisan voting: PCC Elections 2016

Improvements in turnout and more partisan voting: PCC Elections 2016

The first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012 are infamous for their abysmally low turnout and the second batch last week thankfully saw some improvement. In this post, Andrew Defty looks at the variation in turnout across the 40 PCC elections to consider the impact of embedding the elections in the electoral cycle, and how this may have […]

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    Predicting the results for the 2020 general election? We’re still not sure about the results from 2015!

Predicting the results for the 2020 general election? We’re still not sure about the results from 2015!

Last Thursday, the UK went to the polls. While different parts of the country voted in different elections for posts of varying significance, political observers could draw conclusions from a wide and varied set of results. Here, Alun Wyburn-Powell gives his take on proceedings, and on the news that the Conservatives may be forced to re-win seats that they […]

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    Electing the London Mayor and Police Commissioners in England and Wales: how to use your two votes well

Electing the London Mayor and Police Commissioners in England and Wales: how to use your two votes well

British voters are used to having just one vote. But on 5 May this year a record number of voters in England and Wales will be using a two-vote electoral system to choose the London Mayor and Police Commissioners across the country, many for the first time. Wherever you stand politically, Professor Patrick Dunleavy explains how to use both […]

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    In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

Voters are used to a two-vote electoral system for the Edinburgh Parliament, and the Assemblies in Cardiff and London. But how these systems operate changes a bit every time, with changing party fortunes. And this year some politicians (especially in Scotland) are advising voters to do things that may ‘waste’ one of their votes. Wherever you stand politically, Professor […]

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