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    A year since the UK voted to take back control – but control of what?

A year since the UK voted to take back control – but control of what?

The referendum was all about ‘taking back control’ from Brussels. The idea resonated among voters not only because of migration policy, but due to a lack of control over economic and democratic matters, argues Sarah Longlands. With the first anniversary of the referendum, we need to rethink how we approach ‘control’.

The central argument of the ‘Vote leave’ campaign during […]

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    The manipulative flattery of the youth vote is demeaning to young people and bad for politics

The manipulative flattery of the youth vote is demeaning to young people and bad for politics

There is currently much debate around the age divisions that marked the EU referendum and the 2017 general election. Jennie Bristow writes that it’s time politicians started treating young people as voters, not as a stage army for particular causes. In their turn, young voters need to appreciate the importance of engaging with the democratic process, not simply turn […]

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    Who swung GE2017: young voters turning out, or older voters not?

Who swung GE2017: young voters turning out, or older voters not?

That the Labour party got 40% of the vote – against all odds – is being attributed to a higher turnout among young voters. Thiemo Fetzer’s analysis finds that older voters did not turn up to vote, relative to younger voters. He also finds that in many places, the older vote was split between the two main parties, possibly […]

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    Managing the new parliament: some challenges for Theresa May’s minority government

Managing the new parliament: some challenges for Theresa May’s minority government

The unexpected election result leaves the Conservatives seeking to establish a minority government, with support from the Democratic Unionist Party’s ten MPs. With fewer than half the seats in the House of Commons, and barely more than half when adding the DUP, Theresa May’s new government will face many additional challenges in parliament. Meg Russell explores some of the […]

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    The SNP after GE2017: the biggest party, the biggest vote share, and the biggest losers

The SNP after GE2017: the biggest party, the biggest vote share, and the biggest losers

GE2017 in Scotland has shown that Labour is back in business, and that an SNP majority in 2021 Scottish Parliament elections is unlikely. Yet although a second referendum on independence being out of the picture may simplify Brexit, the change in power dynamics will have broader implications. Jim Gallagher explains.

In politics, winners can often be the losers. That’s just […]

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    So who are the DUP, and what could they demand from the Conservatives?

So who are the DUP, and what could they demand from the Conservatives?

Rather unexpectedly, the DUP has become the focus of British politics. Yet it is a party few outside Northern Ireland know much about. Sophie Whiting reveals some of the characteristics of its members, and outlines how the party may negotiate a pact with the Conservatives. Ultimately, she argues, it’s not just the DUP but the dynamics of politics in […]

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    The resonance of England as a national political entity has proven limited during GE2017

The resonance of England as a national political entity has proven limited during GE2017

Throughout the referendum on EU membership, the notion that English nationalism had become a driving force behind the eventual ‘Leave’ vote gained credence. However, Andrew Mycock argues that both in the referendum, and more immediately this General Election campaign, the resonance of England as a national political entity has proven in fact to be somewhat limited. 
The proposition that England has emerged […]

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    UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration

UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration

Despite the argument that Brexit was about sovereignty and only secondarily about immigration, new data suggest otherwise. Simon Hix, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas J. Leeper show the importance of reducing immigration levels – especially from outside the EU – to British voters.

Brexit leaders such as Boris Johnson have maintained a narrative that sovereignty, not immigration, was the key motivation […]

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