GE2019

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    First-past-the-post: normal (disproportionate) service has resumed

First-past-the-post: normal (disproportionate) service has resumed

In the 2017 election the UK’s first-past-the-post electoral system operated quite proportionately, as the Conservatives and Labour level-pegged at high levels of support, and squeezed out support for other parties. In 2019, however, FPTP reverted most of the way back to its historic pattern, awarding a huge ‘leader’s bonus’ of seats to the Conservatives in England and to the […]

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    Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

A torrent of ‘expert’ commentary has evaluated positively the chances of a Boris Johnson government adopting new, ‘one nation’ policies to give priority to the interests of working class voters and ‘left behind’ communities in northern or midland Britain. Patrick Dunleavy enumerates the numerous countervailing reasons to expect instead that this government will be very similar to its Conservative […]

How can Boris Johnson keep the UK together?

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon discuss how Boris Johnson should approach intergovernmental matters in relation to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson used his victory speech to restate his intention to lead a ‘one nation’ government. But, rather notably, he made no direct reference to either Scotland or Northern Ireland, the two parts of the UK where the ‘one nation’ […]

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    Was Farage the midwife delivering Johnson’s victory? The Brexit Party and the size of the Conservative majority

Was Farage the midwife delivering Johnson’s victory? The Brexit Party and the size of the Conservative majority

In the 2019 election, the Brexit Party stood only in opposition seats and asked its candidates to stand down in Conservative-held seats. Pippa Norris estimates that the impact of this strategy doubled Johnson’s parliamentary majority. So, despite his party being wiped out in this election, Farage’s role has been one of kingmaker in terms of both the predominance of […]

Can the new parliament hold the Prime Minister to account?

With the return to a traditional single-party majority, Boris Johnson’s government will be invoking a strong mandate for its policy programme. Ruxandra Serban explains that, while the UK Parliament is well-equipped – better than most other parliaments – to question the Prime Minister on various matters, this accountability relationship can only function if Johnson follows certain established conventions. His […]

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    Young cosmopolitans and the deepening of the intergenerational divide following the 2019 general election

Young cosmopolitans and the deepening of the intergenerational divide following the 2019 general election

The 2019 General Election proved to be huge disappointment for many young people, as younger cohorts were again outnumbered and outvoted in a UK election. James Sloam and Matt Henn explain how intergenerational cleavages deepened further in 2019, and how this reflects broader trends towards cosmopolitan values amongst younger citizens.

On the surface, the 2019 General Election result was a […]

Fact-checking GE2019 compared to fact-checking GE2017

Public debate in the last two general elections saw significant input from UK fact-checkers. Jen Birks examines the role of fact-checking journalism during the 2017 and 2019 campaigns, and identifies differences in approaches as well as in the policy issues covered.

Amid concern about widespread manipulation and deceit in campaigning, fact-checking journalism is achieving new prominence in this election, […]

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    This general election is a choice between the end of democracy or the end of neoliberalism

This general election is a choice between the end of democracy or the end of neoliberalism

In this general election, Britain faces a paradigm shift, argues Abby Innes: the essential choice is between a government of the economic hard right that will complete the already-failed supply-side revolution of the last forty years, and a government willing to implement a Green New Deal that in turn will end the era of Neoliberalism. She writes that we […]