Party politics and elections

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    Campaigning online and offline: the significance of local and national contexts

Campaigning online and offline: the significance of local and national contexts

Paul Webb addresses the question of what members do for their parties during campaigns, and explains why there is value in considering the impact of national and local contexts. He writes that whereas the former enhances online participation by members, the latter considerably improves the model of offline participation.

When it comes to election campaigning, boots on the ground can […]

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    When people decide whether to write to their MP, does the MP’s gender matter?

When people decide whether to write to their MP, does the MP’s gender matter?

Alex Parsons and Rebecca Rumbul explain that although women are more likely than expected to write to female MPs, this does not mean that they are making that decision purely based on gender; rather it may be because certain topics that are more important to them are also ones that female MPs have developed an interest in.

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    Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Although often ridiculed in the 1980s, the left’s social policies were on the winning side when it came to gender, sexuality, and environmentalism, writes James Curran. However, the same cannot be said for their politics of race, and certainly not for their economic policies.

During the 1980s, the urban left was rendered toxic. It was reviled by the press, demonised […]

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    Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

What are the connections between education and political behaviour? Paula Surridge explains why there may be something specific about the experience of higher education which produces more liberal values, regardless of the subject of study. She writes that a fruitful line of enquiry for political scientists will be to seek a deeper understanding of the connections between education and […]

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    The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

What are the views of British Jews towards Labour and its leader, given the party’s continuous association with antisemitism, particularly in recent years? Andrew Barclay finds that, rather unsurprisingly, there is now homogeneity of Conservative support within this group of voters, all at Labour’s cost.

One of the more unexpected developments in British politics since 2015 has been the return […]

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    Leader approval ratings give neither main party cause for optimism if an election was held in 2018

Leader approval ratings give neither main party cause for optimism if an election was held in 2018

Ruth Dixon considers poll results of UK party leader satisfaction amongst their own party supporters as possible predictors of election success. The findings give little comfort to either of the two main parties, should an election be held in 2018. ‘Enthusiastic supporters’ appear less numerous than before any election over the past two decades. These polls give neither party […]

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    Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland

Movement politics and the 2014 party membership surge in Scotland

Thousands joined the SNP and Scottish Greens following the 2014 referendum, which they lost. Were these new members driven by an identification with the Yes movement? Lynn Bennie, James Mitchell, and Rob Johns explain how movement politics may have sparked a new type of party member.

It seems that we are living in an age when any party, campaign or event […]

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    Labour should be campaigning for a citizens’ wealth fund instead of a worker-ownership plan

Labour should be campaigning for a citizens’ wealth fund instead of a worker-ownership plan

Instead of giving some workers a small ownership stake in the companies they work for, Labour should be backing a citizens’ wealth fund, writes Stewart Lansley. A fund financed by the dilution of capital ownership would introduce the principle of profit sharing across all medium and large firms; and the benefits would be distributed collectively to all citizens rather […]