Party politics and elections

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    Beyond committees: parliamentary oversight of coalition government in Britain

Beyond committees: parliamentary oversight of coalition government in Britain

Shane Martin and Richard Whitaker explain why parliamentary questions are a useful vehicle for coalition parties to monitor their partners. Questions force ministers to reveal information concerning their legislative and extra-legislative activities, providing coalition members unique insights into their partners’ behaviour.

As in 2017, the 2010 British general election produced a hung parliament. But unlike 2017 when a minority government […]

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    Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Whoever emerges from the Conservative leadership contest as the next Prime Minister, they will need to have the human and technical skills to tackle both the emotional divisions of the country and the challenges of Brexit, writes Tony Hockley.

Over the summer the Conservative Party will be choosing Britain’s next Prime Minister. The winner will face an exceptional challenge. They […]

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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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    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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    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, […]

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    Who really won the UK European elections? A tale of two stories, and what happens next

Who really won the UK European elections? A tale of two stories, and what happens next

The results of the European Parliament elections in the UK are out, and while various politicians have tried hard to frame the result as telling an ‘obvious’ story, it is probably because interpreting the outcome depends a lot on how you read the 2014 results, explain Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison.

The European Parliament election of 2019 is the story […]