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    British politics in the Age of Uncertainty: the link between old, new, and anti-politics

British politics in the Age of Uncertainty: the link between old, new, and anti-politics

Party leaders – from Tony Blair to David Cameron – have promised a new way of doing politics when campaigning for election, yet failed to deliver on such commitments when elected. Dave Richards writes that there is a link between such calls and the rising climate of anti-politics, yet there is no sign that the Westminster bubble will burst […]

Is the world turning against democracy?

Democracy is in decline – or so a growing consensus suggests. Paul Schuler sets out the evidence for claims that people are turning to autocratic alternatives, and asks whether they necessarily show a loss of faith in democracy. He proposes some alternative measures that could establish whether people are genuinely willing to trade freedom for a ‘solution’ to anxieties about immigration, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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