Older women in local parties: marginalised or empowered?

The subject of older women in politics has rarely been investigated and very little is thus known about their motivation to be active in party membership. Vicky Randall’s interview-based study in seven English parliamentary constituencies sheds some light on the matter. Randall finds a mixed picture, showing that older women give a substantial contribution to the party, not least […]

How the major parties will face the EU referendum

Kenneth Bunker looks at the state of the major parties as they head into the EU referendum campaign, and assesses what different results might mean for each of them. He argues that, overall, we can expect winning parties will try and spin their victories as heroic and losing parties will attempt to spin their losses as hope for the future. […]

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    The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The NHS never seems to be out of the news. Currently, the sense of a crumbling, deteriorating system is almost palpable, whether it is broken budgets, hospitals in special measures, staffing issues, low morale, or lengthening waiting times. Here, David Hunter argues that we must acknowledge that the real debate is political, not technical, revolving around the erosion of the public […]

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    Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

There were 24 TV dramas produced about New Labour and all made a unique contribution to public perceptions of politics. These dramas increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’ and were apt to be believed by many already cynical viewers as representing the truth. Steven Fielding argues that political scientists need to look more closely at how culture […]

Putting the politics of fiscal squeeze in perspective

 Professors Christopher Hood and David Heald explain the thinking behind the conference they are convening today and tomorrow at the British Academy, entitled ‘The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective‘. It aims to explore austerity politics by drawing comparisons across space and time.  It is commonly implied that the great financial crash of 2008 and the dramatic policy changes that followed […]

Foolish, but no fool: Boris Johnson and the art of politics

Matthew Flinders examines Boris Johnson’s capacity for political survival, arguing that he has both charisma and guile. His antics are but an act, veiling the existence of an incredibly sharp, astute, and calculating politician. It would be too easy – and also quite mistaken – to define Boris Johnson as little more than the clown of British politics; more accurate to define him as a […]

The internet is radically changing the nature of collective action and political organisation

In recent years many commentators have argued that social media will transform the processes through which social movements form and take action. Jamie Bartlett argues that recent evidence suggests this long heralded shift is starting to take place within the UK, echoing changes taking place elsewhere in Europe. Analysts – academics among them of course – have long argued that mass communication through […]

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