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    The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what ‘superfluous’ in political life

The plumage and the bird: We need to reappraise what is ‘essential’ and what ‘superfluous’ in political life

Political theories have often included frameworks that minimize the importance of some aspects of human flourishing and prioritize others. Rodney Barker takes issue with these distinctions, arguing for the fundamental importance of cultural choices and display in understanding human conduct.

At the end of the eighteenth century, the conservative Edmund Burke denounced the revolutionary regime in France and defended monarchy […]

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    Legislation at Westminster: how parliament matters more than people think

Legislation at Westminster: how parliament matters more than people think

The Westminster parliament is famous throughout the world, but often presented as relatively non-influential when it comes to making the law. Meg Russell and Daniel Gover’s new book Legislation at Westminster is the most detailed study of the British legislative process for over 40 years, and challenges these assumptions. Here the authors summarise their findings on how different groups […]

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    Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how other countries are responding to them. Ignoring or playing down the problem is not an option: it represents a […]

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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    Whataboutery: when trauma trumps politics in conflictual societies

Whataboutery: when trauma trumps politics in conflictual societies

In conflictual societies, trauma often does more than inform politics, write Adrian Little and Juliet Rogers. Focusing on examples from Northern Ireland, Australia, and South Africa they explain how the symptoms of trauma become the symptoms of policy.

In 2013 we presented a paper at Queens University Belfast, on the problem of trauma informing – and often overtaking – political […]

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    What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

Popular debates focus on the political class, usually its alleged careerism and self-interest. Drawing on his research on the personality side of politics, James Weinberg deconstructs the term “political class” and presents some of his findings on the personal values of those who make it up.

The political class, as a derogative term to denote certain people and as a […]

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    Giving civil society a boost: a progressive path to the ‘shared society’

Giving civil society a boost: a progressive path to the ‘shared society’

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister spoke about her ‘shared society’ vision. But a slogan itself will not shift us closer to a genuinely progressive civil society. Dan Corry and Gerry Stoker set out a programme of reform and explain how it could really change the way British society works.

A decade of austerity has driven cuts to public services […]

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    Data-led politics: do analytics have the power that we are led to believe?

Data-led politics: do analytics have the power that we are led to believe?

Reports of the powerful role of data analytics in political campaigning paint a picture of a new type of knowledge that enables people to be analysed, targeted and influenced. The images are of a kind of analytics that can perfectly predict and shape behaviour. But it is not just the data analytics that are reshaping the exercise of political […]

March 3rd, 2017|Featured|2 Comments|