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    Book Review: Money and Electoral Politics: Local Parties and Funding in General Elections by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie

Book Review: Money and Electoral Politics: Local Parties and Funding in General Elections by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie

After scandals around expenses, donations and lobbying, money has become a dirty word in British politics. In Money and Electoral Politics, Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie present a different view, exploring how money is used by candidates and parties at elections to help engage voters. Highly original and informative analysis follows, finds Richard Berry.

This review was originally published on […]

England needs an integrated public services ombudsman, organised regionally

The House of Commons Public Administration Committee is currently considering the role of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Co-Director of Democratic Audit and General Editor of this blog, gave evidence at the Committee’s most recent hearing on the topic. In this post, Richard Berry summarises the evidence presented and highlights key recommendations for improving the Ombudsman’s role in […]

The Electoral Commission’s advice to Parliament about the wording of any referendum question on the European Union shows welcome progress in its thinking

On Tuesday, the Electoral Commission published their advice on the question to be put to the public in the event of the proposed 2017 referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. Sean Kippin and Richard Berry show how their research echoed several criticisms made by Patrick Dunleavy on this blog earlier this year. Ensuring that the question neutrally makes clear the […]

This defence of motorists looks suspiciously like an attack on local government

The government is suggesting that councils had implemented inappropriate parking charges that undermined the vitality of high streets, flying in the face of the available evidence. Richard Berry argues that regardless of the party in government, Whitehall has long had a propensity to blame local authorities for wider policy failures. This trend appears now to have intensified. While some motorists might be annoyed […]

Councils are almost powerless to prevent the spread of betting shops on local high streets

The London Borough of Newham recently failed in its attempt to block a new betting shop from opening. Richard Berry looks at the charges against betting shops, particularly the strongest of these objections and the one that is least used by detractors; that betting shop clusters have a negative impact on local economies. The simplest and best solution is to give local authorities […]