London Mayoral Election 2012

In discussion with Tony Travers and Patrick Dunleavy on the current state of British Politics

Professor Tony Travers and Professor Patrick Dunleavy discuss the impact of the 2012 local elections and the London mayoral election on the future of British Politics.

The Supplementary Vote electoral system again worked very well in London. There is no basis for arguing that voters don’t understand their choices

A recent article on the London mayoral election suggested that the way the public voted showed that a majority of people did not understand the voting system used. Patrick Dunleavy explains why this criticism of the voting system is quite unfounded. Looking back at the mayoral election in London, James Ball writing in the Guardian Comment section outlines some problems as […]

Voter Advice Applications give the increasingly non-partisan electorate the means to choose the right political match

Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) can engage the electorate, and have the potential to educate them on key issues in an election. Nick Anstead argues that in addition to their obvious civic function, VAAs have the potential to give researchers some ideas for new frameworks that bind together citizen’s political views. Anyone who has been in London in the past few weeks […]

The London Mayoral election will be won by the most effective orator – and this currently favours Boris Johnson

Electoral success depends on the delivery of political messages and analysing the comparative oratorical skills of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson provides an insight into who will emerge as the victor in the upcoming mayoral election. Andrew Crines argues that Boris has the edge, but Ken still has cards to play.   As the race enters its final stages, motivating […]

The London Mayoral election shows how politicians talk about crime-related issues and provides clues as to what we can expect from Police and Crime Commissioners

The London mayoral campaign provides insight into what we can expect to hear from candidates for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) that are to be introduced later this year. Tim Newburn sees this as a mixed bag. On one hand, the misuse of statistics will lead to confusion and mistrust of those standing for office, and, in reality, the ability of mayors and PCCs to drastically affect crime rates is profoundly […]

Addressing women’s issues and devising helpful policy solutions requires that women are not seen as separate from the rest of society

Linnéa Sandström reviews last night’s British Government@LSE and Fawcett Society pre-election mayoral debate: What About Women? On Monday April 23rd, three mayoral hopefuls and Conservative campaigner Victoria Borwick arrived at the LSE to debate the topic “what about women?”. The discussion ranged  from gender budgeting to women’s security on the streets. Boris Johnson, the current mayor standing for re-election, was […]

Elected mayors cannot deliver a localist revival

In response to a recent OurKingdom article by Guy Lodge (Mayors for all English cities? A democratic argument) George Jones argues that it is wrong to force referendums on the adoption of elected mayors on the localities and that there are better ways to break with suffocating centralism.   It is ironical that Guy Lodge, who wants to “combat” our centralized system of […]

Falling poverty rates in inner London raise questions about inequality and segregation for a growing city in transition

Falling poverty rates could indicate gentrification, or they could mean that London is now a more fair, socially mixed and cohesive city. Alex Fenton looks at what happened to poor neighbourhoods under New Labour in the 2000s, and argues that shifting rates in poverty fail to tell the whole story. There has been much speculation as to whether the coalition’s […]