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    Why the government’s crackdown on low-skilled migration is at odds with the public mood

Why the government’s crackdown on low-skilled migration is at odds with the public mood

The government has justified its intention to control migration using a salary threshold as being consistent with public opinion. Yet this does not seem to be the case, writes Johnny Runge. He discusses new research on public perceptions of ‘skill’, and explains how these are at odds with policy proposals.

Conventional wisdom has it that that British people are strongly […]

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    Is Brexit a constitutional crisis, or a political one? The answer matters

Is Brexit a constitutional crisis, or a political one? The answer matters

Even now, with Brexit consuming Parliament, the question of whether we are suffering a constitutional or a political crisis is important, write Anand Menon and Alan Wager. A general election might be enough to push a deal through the Commons, but it would not necessarily fix the greater problem: the damaged political legitimacy of Parliament.

What constitutes a political crisis? And when, and […]

April 22nd, 2019|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Why Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Why Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Britons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years lose the right to vote in UK elections. This would have changed had a Private Member’s Bill with government support passed last month – but a Conservative MP talked it out. Susan Collard says the incident reveals the shortcomings of parliamentary democracy.

MPs’ attempts to take over the parliamentary agenda are an […]

Post-democracy: does populism have a place in Britain?

For democracy to be flourishing, movements emerging from the population must, from time to time, be able to give the system a shock, writes Colin Crouch. Yet that raises questions about xenophobic populism: can it ever be a form of democratic irruption against the complacency of liberal post‐democracy?

British democracy reached an ugly moment on 3 November 2016, when the Daily […]

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    Indicative votes: could Majority Judgment reveal the will of the Commons?

Indicative votes: could Majority Judgment reveal the will of the Commons?

The Commons’ attempts at indicative votes on Brexit have failed: no option secured more support than opposition, leading many to propose using preferential voting instead. However, this carries its own risks in the form of strategic voting and a perverse winner, writes David Klemperer. He explains why Majority Judgment may be better in similar future situations.

On 27 March and […]

April 3rd, 2019|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|

The impact of Brexit on the UK’s devolved energy system

Paul Cairney, Aileen McHarg, Nicola McEwen, Fiona Munro, and Karen Turner adopt an interdisciplinary approach in analysing the potential impact of Brexit on UK energy policy. They look at the legal separation of powers between different governments, the interaction between law and policy in practice, and the role of law as one of many contributors to policymaking.

Constitutional change could […]

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    Britain’s wartime generation are almost as pro-EU as millennials

Britain’s wartime generation are almost as pro-EU as millennials

There is a significant difference in opinion on Brexit between different age groups in the UK, with older citizens generally exhibiting more negative attitudes toward the EU than younger ones. But as Kieran Devine writes, while over 65s are typically treated as a single category in opinion polls, there are substantial generational differences within this group, with those who […]

March 22nd, 2019|Brexit, Featured|2 Comments|

How Brexit has hit the value of UK firms

Paula Hill, Adriana Korczak, and Piotr Korczak analyse which firms and sectors have been most affected by the political uncertainty associated with Brexit. They discuss how those results can help understand corporate decisions made since the referendum.

As of early March 2019, we still do not know the terms on which Britain will leave the EU, and there is uncertainty […]