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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 […]

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    The myth of a classless Britain: the political marginalisation of the working class

The myth of a classless Britain: the political marginalisation of the working class

In a recently published article, Oliver Heath presents an examination of class-based inequalities in turnout at British elections. These inequalities have substantially grown over time. The analysis suggests that the decline in proportion of elected representatives from working-class backgrounds is strongly associated with the rise of working-class abstention.

In recent years there has been a great deal of concern about […]

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    Why there should not be a General Election ‘about the EU’ – and why the UK isn’t a democracy

Why there should not be a General Election ‘about the EU’ – and why the UK isn’t a democracy

There has been much talk about whether a general election will or should take place before 2020, the key arguments behind it being that Theresa May has no mandate to carry out her programme, while also having no mandate to negotiate the exact terms of Brexit. Calling an early election would therefore be a single-topic vote. Yossi Nehushtan explains […]

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    Book Review: More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: Another 50 Things You Need To Know About Elections

Book Review: More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: Another 50 Things You Need To Know About Elections

Following the highly successful first volume, More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: Another 50 Things You Need to Know About Elections, edited by Philip Cowley and Robert Ford, offers fifty short chapters delving into UK electoral politics, covering topics including opinion polls, negative campaigning and the recent Brexit result. This is a refreshingly accessible book of nuanced, witty insights that […]

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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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    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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    The Welsh Assembly after the elections: housing policy could be an area upon which to build a coalition

The Welsh Assembly after the elections: housing policy could be an area upon which to build a coalition

With the Welsh elections now only days away, the race to the National Assembly is entering its closing stages, writes Steffan Evans. With opinion polls continuing to suggest that no one party will gain sufficient votes to hold a majority in the Senedd, attention is sure to turn to potential coalitions after May the 5th.

If recent polls are correct […]

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    Previewing the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

Previewing the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

For the first time since the 1960’s, the entire of the UK will vote in an election other than a referendum or General Election, with Scotland, London, Wales, and Northern Ireland going to the polls. Here, Kenneth Bunker, from the Democratic Dashboard team, examines recent results in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and looks ahead to the elections in […]

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