The PM’s absence from Parliament has been matched by the Leader of the Opposition in modern times

Michael Rush explores the extent of participation in Parliament by party leaders. He finds that the role of the Prime Minister, as well as that of the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberals/Liberal Democrats, have become largely institutionalised. Other party leaders are much more active as they also have to work harder to gain attention. Research by Patrick […]

The representation of LibDems in the cabinet committee system evinces a greater role for the party in policy making across government than might have otherwise have been supposed

Measures of ‘positional power’ highlight some interesting features of both the balance of power between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and David Cameron’s style of leadership. Nicholas Allen‘s analysis shows that the Liberal Democrats, with 29.4 per cent of committee places and 31.1 per cent of the total weighted score, have a share of power that is clearly disproportionate to their contribution to […]

Electing Police and Crime Commissioners – an important milestone in expanding control by elected representatives? Or a disaster in the making?

An encouraging opinion poll this weekend suggests that turnout in this Thursday’s Police Commissioner elections may be only slightly lower than in local elections, whereas other informed estimates have been below 10%. Patrick Dunleavy explains that this is the first time the Supplementary Vote will be used across England and Wales, but criticizes the low level of effort by the […]

Book Review: The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association

Paul Kelly believes that Wyn Grant’s The Development of a Discipline, which charts the nature of the systematic study of politics and how it entered the academy as an autonomous discipline, will appeal to many. The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association. Wyn Grant. PSA/Wiley-Blackwell. December 2010. Find this book: Google Books Amazon Written to celebrate the […]

HEFCE are still missing a trick in not adopting citations analysis. But plans for the REF have at least become more realistic about what the external impacts of academic work are

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) remains deeply conservative in not using citations analysis for academic assessment. But it has now changed its previous policies of ‘asking for the moon’ when judging the external impacts of academic research. Patrick Dunleavy finds that HEFCE’s definition of what counts as an external impact has been greatly broadened. The criteria for […]

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