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    Wilful neglect: why many EU citizens were unable to vote in the European Parliament elections

Wilful neglect: why many EU citizens were unable to vote in the European Parliament elections

On Thursday 23 May, the UK participated in European Parliament elections. Citizens of all EU countries should be able to vote in these elections in the country they live, but many non-UK EU citizens found they had been excluded from the electoral register and were unable to vote. Toby James explains how the government’s long-term failure to improve our […]

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    British public opinion and UK-US relations: ‘We like you a lot but we don’t much like your president’

British public opinion and UK-US relations: ‘We like you a lot but we don’t much like your president’

Drawing on cross-national surveys, Ben Clements explains that in recent years the British have expressed high levels of positive sentiment towards the American people, they have been well-disposed towards the US as a country, but have been markedly negative about Trump’s presidency and policies.

The Trump presidency and its promotion of the ‘America First’ agenda, as well as the prospect […]

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    The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The 2019 European Parliament: the far right International is here – when will the left wake up?

The political forces most hostile to European integration are also the only ones to have formulated a common vision for Europe, writes Lea Ypi. Now is the time to bring the various local social justice campaigns together, and put them at the service of a renewed political project.

As Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini, Geert Wildeers and other far-right leaders […]

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    Vote swings and turnout: making sense of the election that was not meant to take place

Vote swings and turnout: making sense of the election that was not meant to take place

While the No Deal parties may have won the 2019 EP election in terms of seats, the clear winner were the explicitly pro-Remain parties, explains Thiemo Fetzer. He also illustrates how the electoral losses of Labour and the Conservatives appear not to be aligned across the Leave vs Remain dimension that the referendum revealed, highlighting further the need for […]

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    Do interest groups frame arguments in order to appeal to their own members or the public?

Do interest groups frame arguments in order to appeal to their own members or the public?

When appearing in the media, interest groups carefully frame their messages. To what end? Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz provides a cross-country comparison of the frames used by interest groups in the UK and Denmark. She focuses on the extent to which they portray their demands as furthering the interests of their own members, other societal groups, or whether they attempt […]

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    Was there tactical voting in the UK European elections – and did it work?

Was there tactical voting in the UK European elections – and did it work?

In European election terms, the Liberal Democrats are now a major party. Heinz Brandenburg looks at what the 2019 election results tell us about the limitations of tactical voting. He analyses the difference Change UK and UKIP withdrawals from the contest would have made and explains why the d’Hondt system punished the Conservatives so badly.

Nigel Farage and his Brexit […]

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    Familiar faces and negative messages: how to crowdfund a political campaign in the UK

Familiar faces and negative messages: how to crowdfund a political campaign in the UK

Solange Pompl and Sergiu Gherghina analyse the use of crowdfunding in the 2017 general election campaign, in order to explain the variation in candidates’ ability to reach their targets. They find that candidates with an aggressive message, who are realistic about their proposed target, and who are already in office are more likely to gather donations closer to their […]

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    Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

The 2019 European Parliament elections were like no other: like no other European Parliament election before, and like no other democratic exercise in the world. In fact, it is probably the first time that we may call it a singular European Parliament election because so many of the trends that shaped it are pan-European, write Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison, […]