Sean Kippin

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    Ten key contests to look out for on election night in the UK

Ten key contests to look out for on election night in the UK

The UK’s general election is upon us, and voting is under way. The UK isn’t used to consecutive elections where the ultimate result is unclear, and following 2010’s hung parliament, both Labour and the Conservatives are hoping to emerge as the largest party. Then the business of attempting to form a government can begin, with smaller parties set to enter the […]

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Book Review: The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy from World War I to the Present by David Runciman

In David Runciman’s new book on the nature of democratic crisis, the author looks at a history of such events from the early 20th Century to today. In doing so, he makes the argument that democracy is good at ‘muddling through’ crises, but less good at the long-term planning which averts them. Sean Kippin argues that it is a useful […]

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The UK Electoral Commission’s advice to Parliament about the wording of any referendum question on the European Union shows welcome progress in its thinking

On Tuesday, the British Electoral Commission published their advice on the question to be put to the public in the event of the proposed 2017 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Richard Berry and Sean Kippin show how their research echoed several criticisms made by Patrick Dunleavy on LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog earlier this year. More […]

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