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    Why the public is torn over the contact-tracing app and how the government can maximize uptake

Why the public is torn over the contact-tracing app and how the government can maximize uptake

Drawing on a qualitative study consisting of five focus groups, Simon Williams, Christopher J Armitage, Tova Tampe and Kimberly Dienes find that people are currently torn over whether or not they will use the contract-tracing app when it is available. They discuss the main concerns that emerged from the research and offer some key recommendations for ensuring that there […]

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    Economic democracy: We must restructure the economy, not return it to its pre-COVID-19 state

Economic democracy: We must restructure the economy, not return it to its pre-COVID-19 state

Felix FitzRoy and David Spencer highlight some fundamental problems of UK economic policy, as exposed and exacerbated by the lockdown. They write that, alongside the temporary emergency measures adopted, there is an urgent need for wider reforms, based on the goal of promoting economic democracy.

The COVID-19 crisis has presented clear challenges for UK economic policy. It has meant the […]

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    UK-China relations: Labour need to communicate a consistent and clear stance toward China, now

UK-China relations: Labour need to communicate a consistent and clear stance toward China, now

Declan McDowell-Naylor explains why the Labour Party need to take a clearer stance towards China. While the issue is complex and good policy takes time, he writes that Labour must at least make it clear in what direction their policy will head in the weeks to come.

The Labour Party are currently without a recognisable foreign policy on China. Simultaneously, […]

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    ‘All animals are equal’: the relationship between the Cummings row and public trust in democracy

‘All animals are equal’: the relationship between the Cummings row and public trust in democracy

The UK public voluntarily agreed to give up fundamental rights and liberties in the fight against COVID-19 on the assumption that this suspension applied to everyone – in other words, that governance remained democratic, writes Dimitris Skleparis. This is why Dominic Cummings’s lockdown breach has stirred a heated debate and this is why the government’s handling of the situation […]

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    No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

No Recourse to Public Funds: More than a quick fix needed for immigration rules

The Prime Minister recently appeared surprised to hear that most non-EEA migrants with temporary leave to remain in the UK are not eligible to claim benefits, and hinted at a review in the light of COVID-19. Alan Manning argues the system needs long-term reform, not just a quick fix during the pandemic.

At the recent Commons’ Liaison Committee meeting, Boris […]

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    Explaining support for Brexit among would-be MPs in the 2017 general election

Explaining support for Brexit among would-be MPs in the 2017 general election

Siim Trumm, Caitlin Milazzo, and Joshua Townsley use survey data to explore support for Brexit among 2017 parliamentary candidates. The findings reveal some interesting insights into politicians’ motivations for supporting Brexit. For example, candidates standing in seats with higher Leave support were not significantly more likely to vote Leave themselves. Instead, candidates’ views on immigration and democracy stand out […]

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    How effectively have governments responded to COVID-19 so far?

How effectively have governments responded to COVID-19 so far?

Theologos Dergiades, Costas Milas, and Theodore Panagiotidis take stock of how governments across the world have dealt with the pandemic. Their research provides further evidence of a strong relationship between the eventual number of deaths and the strength and timing of government interventions.

The spread of COVID-19 seems to be slowing down in many countries. Governments have employed a number […]

How data-driven democracy both helps and hinders politics

Much data relating to parliament is now being collected and made available for anyone to access. Does this monitoring mean more democracy? Ben Worthy and Stefani Langehennig argue that the resulting numbers often lack context and so feed into subjective narratives.

We live in a data-driven democracy, never more than now. Our eyes are locked on graphs, measures and comparisons, […]