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    Why Change UK may turn out to be neither democratic nor a force for change

Why Change UK may turn out to be neither democratic nor a force for change

Lea Ypi explains why Change UK – The Independent Group appears to be aligning itself to a very different tradition of thinking about the relationship between citizens and representatives.
Modern democracy, wrote one of the great political scientists of the past century, is inconceivable – save in terms of party government. If that is true, when democracy is in […]

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    “The secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power”: the effect of anti-immigration rhetoric

“The secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power”: the effect of anti-immigration rhetoric

When left-wing parties accept the argument that foreign workers threaten domestic workers’ jobs, they implicitly endorse a liberal analysis of the state, and take the state’s side instead of the side of workers, explains Lea Ypi. 

Left-wing scepticism about open borders and migration may not be rooted in racism and xenophobia, but it is no less troubling than its […]

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    To explain why socialism is still attractive, we must look at why liberalism is not

To explain why socialism is still attractive, we must look at why liberalism is not

Why are young people attracted to socialism? In its efforts to disperse power and fear, liberalism generates its own power structures and pathologies, writes Lea Ypi, and these are destructive in their own right.

Google “millennial socialism” and you will find hundreds of articles, ranging from the perplexed to the alarmed, trying to make sense of why, as the most […]

How not to recruit postal voters in the UK

Joshua Townsley and Stuart Turnbull-Dugarte tested the ability of parties to recruit postal voters in a field experiment carried out during the 2018 local elections in London. The result? Sending personal letters persuading voters to become postal voters is not an effective recruitment technique.

Postal voting, in line with other forms of early or ‘absentee’ voting, is a growing phenomenon […]

What does it mean to be British? And who defines it?

As part of the LSE Festival 2019, Diane Abbott, Eric Kaufmann, Alita Nandi, Sunder Katwala, and Ilka Gleibs discussed the question of Britishness – what does it mean and who gets to define it. Lucinda Platt provides an overview of the main arguments.

At its simplest, being British is a legal status of citizenship, as Diane Abbott MP (and Shadow […]

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    Emergency politics: why the government keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Emergency politics: why the government keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Ever since Theresa May triggered Article 50, 29 March keeps being portrayed as Brexit day. This continues to be the case, even though it is highly likely that an extension will be requested. Jonathan White explains why the focus on this deadline has a number of aims, not least to weaken resistance.

29 March 2019 has dominated British politics for […]

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    How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

Mathematician Bernhard von Stengel uses game theory to consider how a second Brexit referendum with more than two choices could be run, and how the counting-rule chosen for any multiple-choice ballot can determine the outcome.

If you favour a second referendum on Brexit (a prospect that is now, February 2019, receding), you should not only think of what you should ask the […]

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    Rent controls in London? What is being suggested is not new – indeed it looks pretty mainstream

Rent controls in London? What is being suggested is not new – indeed it looks pretty mainstream

As part of his re-elction bid, Sadiq Khan has hinted that he is considering introducing rent controls across London. Christine Whitehead explains what has actually been suggested, how it compares to private rented sectors elsewhere in Europe, and who may stand to gain from such changes.

In January 2019, Sadiq Khan announced that he had asked James Murray, Deputy Mayor […]

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