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    Five minutes with John Curtice (part 3): “The problem facing the Conservatives is that so far this is a voteless economic recovery”

Five minutes with John Curtice (part 3): “The problem facing the Conservatives is that so far this is a voteless economic recovery”

Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin recently interviewed the polling and public opinion specialist John Curtice. Here, he argues that the Conservatives will find it very difficult to win a majority in the House of Commons in 2015, and that Ed Miliband has not succeeded in framing a compelling narrative to justify voting Labour. 

The General Election polls are quite erratic but […]

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    Five minutes with John Curtice (part 2): “Paradoxically, a consequence of a ‘Yes’ vote for independence could be the demise of the SNP”

Five minutes with John Curtice (part 2): “Paradoxically, a consequence of a ‘Yes’ vote for independence could be the demise of the SNP”

Polling and public opinion expert John Curtice recently spoke at an LSE event on the upcoming Scottish independence referendum. In an interview with Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin, he discusses the prospect of a ‘Yes’ vote, the demographics at play in the election, and an independent Scotland’s political party make-up. 

Looking at the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, do you feel the ‘Yes’ camp can win?

The first obvious thing […]

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    Connecting knowledge to power: the future of digital democracy in the UK

Connecting knowledge to power: the future of digital democracy in the UK

Since its invention, the internet has been considered a ‘game-changer’ when it comes to democracy, with a worldwide network providing the potential to create a truly participatory democracy. This has yet to happen, but numerous individuals and groups are beginning to ask what can be done to marry the internet with representative democracy, including the Speaker of the House […]

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    Labour’s plans for city and regional devolution are welcome, but don’t go far enough

Labour’s plans for city and regional devolution are welcome, but don’t go far enough

On Tuesday, Lord Andrew Adonis released his report on regional growth in the UK for the Labour Party, which was welcomed by Ed Miliband as ‘long-term plan to show that there can be jobs in every part of country’. In responding to the plans, regional economic policy expert David Bailey argues that the plans represent a step in the right direction, but stop […]

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    Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women face gender-specific challenges that limit their political participation

Young women aged 18-24 are likely less to take part in elections than their male counterparts. As part of Democratic Audit’s series on youth participation, Jacqui Briggs explores the reasons for this, showing how women face specific barriers because of their gender and are under-represented throughout the system. She argues that politicians need to address issues that affect women’s lives such […]

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    The government’s ban on prisoners receiving books is the antithesis of the rehabilitation revolution promised by Chris Grayling

The government’s ban on prisoners receiving books is the antithesis of the rehabilitation revolution promised by Chris Grayling

The government’s decision to ban prisoners from receiving books has been widely condemned. In this post Richard Ridyard examines the ongoing controversy surrounding the issue. He argues that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s rationale is confused and contradictory, and that the restrictions are the antithesis of the ‘rehabilitation revolution’ the government has promised.
Changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme which came into effect in […]

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    Voters in marginal constituencies know more about parties’ policy positions than those in safe seats

Voters in marginal constituencies know more about parties’ policy positions than those in safe seats

Britain’s first past the post electoral system means that at general elections only a minority of constituencies are likely to change hands. Voters in these marginal seats, therefore, play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections. Caitlin Milazzo has examined how well-informed voters are about their choices in marginal seats, compared to those in safe seats, and shares her […]

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    The rise of multi-party politics heightens the chances of a perverse and unrepresentative outcome in next year’s General Election

The rise of multi-party politics heightens the chances of a perverse and unrepresentative outcome in next year’s General Election

The UK has seen elections three times since the Second World War which have produced outcomes in which one party has won more seats, but finished second in vote share. Alun Wyburn-Powell argues that Britain’s First Past the Post electoral system could be set to produce a similar outcome at next year’s General Election, with the increasing drift towards a multi-party […]