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    Labour’s manifesto-making process and why it is a source of organisational grief for the party

Labour’s manifesto-making process and why it is a source of organisational grief for the party

Throughout Labour’s history, there has been a lack of consensus over who has a say in manifestos, explains Robin Pettitt. On the one hand are those who favour parliamentary independence when it comes to agreeing on policies, and on the other are those who favour the involvement of grassroots members, rendering the manifesto-making process an ongoing organisational struggle.

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    The Europeanization of the Northern Ireland peace process and how Brexit threatens it all

The Europeanization of the Northern Ireland peace process and how Brexit threatens it all

Giada Lagana offers on overview of the EU’s role in Northern Ireland’s peace-making process over the past three decades, and assesses its impact on Anglo-Irish relations. She concludes that protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the dynamics between its key actors is vital to Northern Ireland’s future, and there is hardly an alternative on offer.

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    Deportation targets in the Home Office: a long and troubled history

Deportation targets in the Home Office: a long and troubled history

While the government has apologised for the treatment of Windrush citizens, Amber Rudd has resigned over her lack of knowledge about the Home Office’s removals targets. Christina Boswell provides some context to recent events. She concludes that although deportation targets are a problematic tool of performance measurement, the culture that exists within the government makes it very difficult to go […]

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    Many Labour MPs have still to unequivocally reject ‘roll-out’ neoliberalism

Many Labour MPs have still to unequivocally reject ‘roll-out’ neoliberalism

Chuka Umunna recently defended the last Labour government against a left-wing critique that its modus operandi was fundamentally neoliberal. Ewan Gibbs and Sean Kippin argue this does not consider the nature of neoliberalism, particularly the distinction between its ‘roll-back’ and ‘roll-out’ variants. They argue that New Labour’s approach was indeed of the latter type.

Chuka Umunna, one of the more […]

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    How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

Parliaments sometimes get to influence security policy, but not always. Juliet Kaarbo draws on Leadership Trait Analysis to argue that prime ministerial leadership style is a critical factor in determining the role of parliaments in foreign affairs. She demonstrates the plausibility of this argument by comparing how Turkish and UK prime ministers’ orientations towards parliament influenced key security policies.

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    Book Review: Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 6: From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007

Book Review: Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 6: From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007

In the sixth volume of his published diaries, From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007, Alastair Campbell outlines the difficult transition in the Labour party leadership after the party won its historic third term while also documenting his own attempt to build a life outside of government through forays into public speaking, television and the sporting world. While Campbell’s insights into this […]

December 24th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

Brexit has made a coherent position on immigration urgent for Britain’s political parties, but Labour’s inability to reach one is not new. Erica Consterdine explains how Tony Blair’s belief in the benefits of globalisation turned Britain into a ‘migration state’. This decision, however, was costly for the party, which is now having a hard time satisfying its electoral base, which […]

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    ‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

Unlike other British Prime Ministers, David Cameron often invoked his personal faith in public, and more than once called Britain a ‘Christian country’. Chris Allen examines why Cameron and the Conservatives’ discourses about ‘doing God’ were not as straightforward as they may at first have seemed.

Since Alistair Campbell notoriously told Tony Blair during an interview with Vanity Fair in […]