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    What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

What kind of democracy is this? Scholars must look beyond the populist signal

Matt Flinders reflects on the changing nature of democratic politics and asks whether a focus upon all things ‘post’ – post-Trump, post-Brexit, post-truth, post-democratic, etc. – has prevented scholars and social commentators from looking beyond or beneath the populist signal.

Although there is no doubt that we live in ‘interesting times’, I cannot help but think that there is […]

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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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    Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

With youth turnout having decreased dramatically over the past two decades, Laura Gardiner explains some of the drivers behind this change. She writes that, although housing insecurity may be driving young people away from engaging in the political process, it is precisely their vote that could precipitate meaningful change.

We are days away from a General Election. Candidates will be […]

The future of democracy: is there ground for optimism?

In what is often described as a post-political and post-truth world, is it worth being positive about democracy’s future? Is there even anything new to say about democracy altogether? Inspired by a new book on the crises of American democracy, Matthew Flinders takes a broader view and explains the book’s relevance and reach.

It is a brave scholar who dares […]

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    Brexit could mean greater freedom, but also international domination over the UK

Brexit could mean greater freedom, but also international domination over the UK

For some, Brexit was about giving the UK the freedom to make its own decisions without having to respect, be accountable to, or abide by EU law. Matteo Bonotti uses the republican concept of freedom as non-domination in order to explain why Leavers’ understanding of freedom may not be the whole story.

In an article published on this blog shortly […]

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    An election or an inoculation? British ‘undemocracy’ and the dark side of Theresa May

An election or an inoculation? British ‘undemocracy’ and the dark side of Theresa May

Approaching its second general election in two years, with a referendum squeezed in-between, you would be forgiven for thinking that Britain was in the midst of a democratic bonanza. Think again, writes Craig Berry. He argues that the Prime Minister’s decision to call a snap election instead signifies a rather cynical, undemocratic turn in British political culture, alongside a […]

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    Are political statecraft and populism compatible? Lessons from Corbyn and Trump

Are political statecraft and populism compatible? Lessons from Corbyn and Trump

Although Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump share no common ideological ground, as political strategists they both reject the political establishment and the rules of traditional statesmanship. Kingsley Purdam, Dave Richards, and Nick Turnbull draw on Jim Bulpitt’s statecraft theory to argue that, in the long-run, the imperative for sound statecraft will win out over temporary populism.

How many members of […]

What is the point of petitions in British politics?

Just under 2 million people signed a petition opposing Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK – half the number of those who signed one asking for a second EU referendum. With the role of petitions taking centre stage as a result, Cristina Leston-Bandeira situates the process within a broader policy-making context. She explains that petitions are an effective […]