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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 […]

Book Review: Politics and the Emotions: The Affective Turn in Contemporary Political Studies

Politics and the Emotions is a unique collection of essays that reflects the affective turn in the analysis of today’s political world. With contributions from scholars across Europe, US, and Australia, the book aims to advance the debate on the relationship between politics and the emotions. Considering themes such as antagonism and deliberation, the politics of fear, the affective dimension of […]

Book Review: Why the Olympics Aren’t Good for Us, And How They Can Be

Sports activist and writer Mark Perryman presents a sharply critical take on the way the  London Olympic Games have been organized, and provides what he sees as a blueprint for how they could be improved. The London Olympics have been promoted as of great benefit for the host city and nation, but will they deliver on legacy and sustainability promises? Rebecca […]

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