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    The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

In March 2016, Democratic Dashboard 2.0 was launched, a web portal aimed at giving voters in the UK easily accessible information for the elections on May 5th. This was the culmination of several years of work and preparation by Democratic Audit UK, based in the LSE, seeking to engage voters in the increasingly active civic technology field. Carl Cullinane outlines […]

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    Satire is (un)dead: How comedy became a language of democratic politics

Satire is (un)dead: How comedy became a language of democratic politics

Like all forms of resistance, comedy can both shore up and legitimate existing political structures, yet it can also, in certain moments, work to encourage revision. Here, James Brassett looks specifically at the critical nature of radical British comedy by the likes of Russell Brand, Charlie Brooker, and Stewart Lee and writes that it raises questions about the nature […]

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    Public consultations do not currently enable all stakeholders to effectively contribute to the legislative process

Public consultations do not currently enable all stakeholders to effectively contribute to the legislative process

In a recent study, Helen Taylor and Axel Kaehne looked at responses to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill to consider how effective the public consultation process is at incorporating wider expertise into the legislative process. The findings highlighted a number of issues relating to both the nature of responses and the way in which they were sought. […]

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    The next generation of voters? Getting the ‘Missing Millions’ back on to the UK’s electoral register

The next generation of voters? Getting the ‘Missing Millions’ back on to the UK’s electoral register

Reforms to the electoral registration process under this and the previous coalition government have led to changes which experts and campaigners alike have described as negative for democracy. Here, Toby James and Oliver Sidorczuk describe the findings of  a new report which proposes solutions to the electoral registration crisis.

We stand at a critical crossroads in our democracy.  The number of […]

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    Moulded in the right way, Labour’s competing intellectual currents could form a vibrant and appealing vision

Moulded in the right way, Labour’s competing intellectual currents could form a vibrant and appealing vision

Labour’s political identity is currently in a state of flux, with Jeremy Corbyn’s politics departing significantly from his predecessors Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown, and Tony Blair. Here, Ben Jackson looks at Labour’s ideological currents, arguing that between them there is the potential for a vibrant Labour vision of society which could appeal to voters. 

Noisiness in political debate can be a […]

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    The concept of class is absent from political debate, even as inequality in Britain reaches new heights

The concept of class is absent from political debate, even as inequality in Britain reaches new heights

In a recent statement, Labour’s Chuka Umunna seemed to suggest the BAME population form one homogeneous political group in the UK. Sean Swan argues this view is not only inaccurate but it perpetuates the perceived significance of ethnicity and diverts attention from more rational political cleavages. He writes that if Labour is to compete effectively with an increasingly liberal […]

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    Despite the tax credit U-turn a radical upheaval in support for the working poor is still underway

Despite the tax credit U-turn a radical upheaval in support for the working poor is still underway

The government’s decision to scrap tax credit cuts was a welcome move, and (eventually) highlighted the effectiveness of the British political system’s checks and balances. However, Daniel Clegg writes that the abandoned cuts were just one part of a more drawn-out and comprehensive dismantlement of the system of cash support for low-earning households. Tax credit U-turn notwithstanding, the democratic process […]

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    Economic solutions are unlikely to ease immigration concerns

Economic solutions are unlikely to ease immigration concerns

 Immigration is a huge element of contemporary political debate, and it continues to divide and polarise opinion, while fuelling the rise of UKIP and other radical parties across Europe. Here, Craig Johnson and Sunil Rodger argue that while hostility to immigration may be in part to do with economics, a sunny economic outlook is unlikely to reassure immigration-sceptics of […]