Party politics and elections

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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 […]

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    Labour in the post-Corbyn era: lessons from the 1985-86 inquiry into Militant

Labour in the post-Corbyn era: lessons from the 1985-86 inquiry into Militant

Christopher Massey writes that the expulsion of Militant members in the 1980s broke not only their hold on Liverpool City Council, but resulted in the realignment of Labour’s left into ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ factions. He argues that today’s party must similarly decide whether the weight of recent polling and past history require a fundamental break with groups associated with […]

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    Voters dislike disproportionality in electoral systems – even when it benefits the party they support

Voters dislike disproportionality in electoral systems – even when it benefits the party they support

Taking advantage of a uniquely designed survey experiment, Carolina Plescia, André Blais, and John Högström investigate the effect of proportionality on voter support for voting rules in four countries, namely Austria, the UK, Ireland and Sweden. They find that voters for both small and large parties dislike disproportionality in electoral systems, with little cross-country variation.

In 2015, the UK Independence […]

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    Labour should look to Cameron, not Blair, for inspiration as it chooses its new leader

Labour should look to Cameron, not Blair, for inspiration as it chooses its new leader

Despite the party’s 2019 defeat, Labour’s policies have much popular appeal and could demand majority support. This means that the new Labour leader should not reinvent the party and its message, like the root and branch reform that took place under Tony Blair, but rather change its image, like David Cameron ‘detoxified’ the Tories, writes Sean Kippin.

Few corpses will […]