Nick Anstead

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    The debate about debates: there needs to be a clearer rationale for invitations

The debate about debates: there needs to be a clearer rationale for invitations

TV debate proposals should clearly spell out the rationale for their invitations, argues Nick Anstead. A much clearer criteria for inclusion would make it much harder for politicians (not just now but in future elections) to play politics with televised debates.

The past week seems to have seen the ground shifting in the discussion about televised debates. Just last week, there was […]

How to save the 2015 televised debates

Just as the UK’s Prime Minister takes a strong position on televised debates, Nick Anstead announces his new research concluding that the format of any 2015 UK debates should follow Canadian and German models in order to recognize the regional dynamics of British politics and that the general election selects both the executive and legislature.

David Cameron’s ultimatum about Green Party participation in televised debates yesterday […]

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    Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds within one year of the general election. The Conservatives, meanwhile, oppose lowering the voting age. In this article, and following on the heels of our recent podcast on the issue, Bart Cammaerts, Michael Bruter, Shaku Banaji, Sarah Harrison and Nick Anstead summarise research they conducted regarding the voting age. They argue […]

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    We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

We need to look at other parliamentary democracies for ideas about how to run televised debates

Among a number of political ramifications, the recent UKIP by-election success in Clacton has raised tough questions about the organization of televised debates during the 2015 general election campaign. Nick Anstead looks to Germany and Canada for more inclusive models that the UK could follow.

UKIP now has representation in Westminster, is consistently polling between 10 and 20 per cent nationally, and is the […]

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    Pity the pollsters, the Scottish independence referendum is a tough one

Pity the pollsters, the Scottish independence referendum is a tough one

We should take all polls, no matter how well constructed, with a big pinch of salt, writes Nick Anstead. Here, he lists five unknowns as to why this is especially the case for the Scottish referendum.

Another day, another poll appears for the Scottish referendum. On Friday, an ICM poll with the Guardian, and – among those who have made their mind […]

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    Shouting across each other: post-debate coverage of the Clegg and Farage broadcasts

Shouting across each other: post-debate coverage of the Clegg and Farage broadcasts

In the wake of the two Clegg vs. Farage debates, most have agreed that Farage came out on top. Nick Anstead finds that there were in fact different discussions going on as the two party leaders talked across each other. He writes that Clegg seems to have lost the debates because he was perceived to be the representative of the […]

Book Review: The Personalisation of Politics in the UK: Mediated Leadership from Attlee to Cameron

What does it mean to say that modern politics is personalised? To what extent is it more personalised than in the past, what is distinctive about contemporary forms of personalisation and are these changes enduring? Nick Anstead is impressed by Ana Inés Langer’s book, which allows us to understand the role of political leaders as both cause and consequence for important events, relationships and […]

Voter Advice Applications give the increasingly non-partisan electorate the means to choose the right political match

Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) can engage the electorate, and have the potential to educate them on key issues in an election. Nick Anstead argues that in addition to their obvious civic function, VAAs have the potential to give researchers some ideas for new frameworks that bind together citizen’s political views. Anyone who has been in London in the past few weeks […]