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Are there any benefits to divided parliamentary parties?

Intra-party dissent is generally considered a bad thing – for parties seeking power and for voters wishing to make sense of political conflicts. However, using a survey experiment to test people’s responses to different forms of intra-party policy disputes, Eric Merkley finds that there are circumstances in which voters find moderate divisions useful as cues for evaluating policy choices […]

Enlargement and exit: The origins of Article 50

While it is sometimes compared to a federal superstate, the European Union is different from most federations in that it contains an exit clause: Article 50. But how did Article 50 come to be? Based on a new study, Martijn Huysmans provides a theoretical and empirical account of its origins in the 2002-03 Convention on the Future of Europe.

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February 7th, 2019|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|

What did the coalition government do for women?

Much of the progress made towards gender equality under the coalition government was offset by the impact of austerity on women, writes Anna Sanders. While a number of gender equality policies were brought forward in 2010-5, these were largely symbolic, rather than redistributive in nature.

One month after the 2010 General Election, the newly formed Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition delivered its […]

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    The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The Labour Party’s leadership has so far refused to take steps towards seeking a second referendum. Now is the time to break the latest Brexit deadlock by honouring the party’s conference commitments and by sharing responsibility with members, argues Lea Ypi, and discusses what a second referendum ought to be about.

In assessing the left-wing case for a second EU […]

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    The alleged simplicity of Universal Credit and the lived experience of benefit claimants

The alleged simplicity of Universal Credit and the lived experience of benefit claimants

Kate Summers and David Young challenge the assumed simplicity of Universal Credit by focusing on its single monthly payment design. They draw on two empirical studies of means-tested benefit claimants in order to explain how short-termism is a crucial tool for those managing social security benefits.
At its heart, Universal Credit is very simple

Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions […]

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    Book Review: The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception

Book Review: The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception

In The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception, David Beer explores how we are being put under the extractive, analytic and predictive lens of a data gaze that seeks to define our world in increasingly granular detail. Critically probing into the data analytics industry and the imaginary that gives it legitimacy, Beer offers a thoroughly readable take on the structures that are constructing […]

February 3rd, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Multi-party governance: behind the scenes of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition

Multi-party governance: behind the scenes of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition

The UK’s Coalition government of 2010–15 was established with an array of formal agreements and rules for cooperation. However, finds Felicity Matthews, the informal norms and micro-level practices of individual relationships were critical to its operation. This opens up a new area in research, which focuses on the detailed practices of multi-party governance. 

The formation of coalition government has been […]

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    Necessary baby steps towards The Good Parliament: proxy voting in the Commons

Necessary baby steps towards The Good Parliament: proxy voting in the Commons

On 28 January 2019 the House of Commons unanimously voted to implement a trial of proxy voting for MPs on parental leave. Sarah Childs explains how the vote came about, and why the pilot is unlikely to be overturned.

Missing the centenary year of women’s right to vote for and sit in the House of Commons by a month, Parliament […]