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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 […]

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    Answering the age-old question: what does democracy mean to those who protest for it?

Answering the age-old question: what does democracy mean to those who protest for it?

There has long been a debate about democracy as a form of governance and whether it is in decline – Brexit and Trump have only exacerbated it. Drawing on research in four capital cities, Armine Ishkanian explains how activists view democracy. She explains why these committed and engaged citizens reject representative democracy, and the internal struggles of organisation within […]

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    A drift away from majoritarianism: constitutional reform and the Coalition Government of 2010-2015

A drift away from majoritarianism: constitutional reform and the Coalition Government of 2010-2015

Constitutional matters have dominated contemporary British politics for some time, and as Brexit develops, look set to continue to do so. Here, Felicity Matthews draws on recent co-authored research to explore what influence the Coalition government of 2010-2015 had on British constitutional arrangements.

Electoral reform; #indeyref; devo-max; EVEL; elected mayors; Northern Powerhouse; Brexit; #indeyref2: it is no understatement to say […]

Trump and Brexit: the fall of liberal values?

2016 in many ways appeared to ring the death knell for liberal democracies. Manjeet Ramgotra explores why the outcomes of the UK referendum and US elections were so close and the implications of this for democracy and liberal values.

 

The year 2016 has changed the political landscapes of Europe and the United States of America.  The United Kingdom rejected its longstanding membership in the […]

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    Putin’s approach to the West should encourage us to reflect on the nature of our own democracy

Putin’s approach to the West should encourage us to reflect on the nature of our own democracy

The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats at the end of December over claims that Russia had interfered in the US election. But is Russia’s strategy in the West really having a tangible impact on political outcomes and, if so, how should the West respond? Linda Risso writes that the West’s apparent weakness to Russian influence stems from […]

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    Changing our political culture: how to make politics great (again)

Changing our political culture: how to make politics great (again)

Drawing on some of the factors that led to support for Brexit and Trump – outcomes many would have considered impossible a few months back –  Sylvia Merler and Giuseppe Porcaro offer their views on how politicians, voters, and institutions must redefine and rebuild politics.

If there’s just one sure thing about 2016 is that we will remember it for […]

How a referendum might actually support democracy

A fight has been raging since Brexit over whether the people’s will has expressed itself; and if it has, what did it say? Davina Cooper explores how a referendum might actually help to support a democracy

With Brexit now in the face of a high court judgment placing parliament very clearly before the royal prerogative, the right-wing media insist the people […]

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