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    Is the resurgence of Europe’s far-right a cultural or an economic phenomenon?

Is the resurgence of Europe’s far-right a cultural or an economic phenomenon?

There has been a spectacular rise in support for far-right parties in Europe over the last two decades, but what has driven this electoral success? Drawing on new research, Vasiliki Georgiadou, Lamprini Rori and Costas Roumanias demonstrate that different types of far-right party have benefitted from different factors: economic insecurity has helped increase support for ‘extremist right’ parties, while cultural factors have been associated […]

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    Ministers, civil servants, and the erosion of the ‘public service bargain’ in Whitehall

Ministers, civil servants, and the erosion of the ‘public service bargain’ in Whitehall

The ‘public service bargain’ that governed the relationship between ministers and civil servants since the 19th century is eroding, writes Patrick Diamond. Ministers still invariably get on with their departmental officials behind closed doors, but the structural relationship is being fundamentally altered.

Not surprisingly, the shock resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam as Permanent Secretary at the Home Office led to […]

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    Why is the Commons so unreflective of society? Candidate selection processes are the cause and quotas the cure

Why is the Commons so unreflective of society? Candidate selection processes are the cause and quotas the cure

Drawing on rare party and survey data, Jeanette Ashe challenges many long-held assumptions about why some aspirant party candidate types are successful over others. She explains how quotas are key to addressing women’s and other marginalised groups’ descriptive underrepresentation.

Parliaments are becoming more diverse with each election. Still, no established democratic legislature, including the UK’s, descriptively represents the society it […]

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    How individuals’ social characteristics impact the likelihood to waste a vote

How individuals’ social characteristics impact the likelihood to waste a vote

Corinna Kroeber, Cal Le Gall and Sarah C. Dingler analyse the similarities and differences of voters who vote for a party or candidate unlikely to win an election. Studying voting behaviour in three European democracies with different majoritarian electoral systems, namely the United Kingdom, Germany and France, they show that the archetypical ‘ballot wasters’ are the young and men.

In the UK’s […]

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    Constitutionally, Corbyn will leave the Labour Party in a similar state to how he found it

Constitutionally, Corbyn will leave the Labour Party in a similar state to how he found it

Lewis Bassett discussess the organisational changes that took place within Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. He argues these reforms were a house of cards that now appears ready to collapse, leaving little in its wake.

Politically, Jeremy Corbyn may have been right when he said that Labour under his leadership had ‘won the argument’. The current contenders to replace him […]

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    All power to 10 Downing Street: Johnson’s first major reshuffle and the perils of presidentialism

All power to 10 Downing Street: Johnson’s first major reshuffle and the perils of presidentialism

Despite ups and downs in prime ministerial power over the years, the general tendency has been to expect the prime minister to do more than in the past, writes Archie Brown. He traces this tendency back to Margaret Tharcher’s premiership, which gave a huge impetus to the idea that political power belongs to the prime minister rather than to […]

Calculating or cavalier? Boris Johnson’s latest reshuffle

Nicholas Allen discusses Boris Johnson’s first major reshuffle and explains why it has resulted in a relatively high degree of continuity within cabinet. Nevertheless, the ‘constructive dismissal’ of Sajid Javid could have long-term repercussions: while in the short term Javid is unlikely to pose a threat from the backbenches, this may well change once Johnson is no longer associated […]

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    Labour’s ‘internal democratisation’: how Corbyn’s leadership attempted to consolidate their own faction’s position

Labour’s ‘internal democratisation’: how Corbyn’s leadership attempted to consolidate their own faction’s position

The latest Labour controversy, stemming from the newest rule regulating leadership candidates’ tools for communication, merely illustrates how Corbyn’s leadership has used a language of democratisation to consolidate their faction’s position, write Zac Greene and Lauren Toner.

In late January, Labour restricted candidates’ use of party data to contact members during the leadership campaign. Although restrictions constrain candidates, non-party organisations […]