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    Brexit and parliamentary legitimation: beyond constitutional minutiae

Brexit and parliamentary legitimation: beyond constitutional minutiae

David Judge writes that, while much of the discussion around Brexit and Parliament is about procedure and conventions, it should also be about the bigger picture: what does Brexit tell us about the fundamental principles of the UK’s parliamentary state and representative democracy?

Politicians and the punditocracy have become consumed with the minutiae of parliamentary procedure and constitutional conventions – […]

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    Reading political tea leaves: a new forecasting model for British general elections

Reading political tea leaves: a new forecasting model for British general elections

Political polling has faced difficulties during recent elections. Drawing on methods used for US elections and elsewhere, Philippe Mongrain  proposes a new forecasting model, which takes into account the state of the economy, the cost of ruling for the incumbent party, leadership approval ratings and previous election results, and offers some improvements on existing polls for forecasting the vote […]

March 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

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    The Supreme Court’s decision on Northern Ireland’s abortion law – what now?

The Supreme Court’s decision on Northern Ireland’s abortion law – what now?

Kathryn McNeilly, Fiona Bloomer, and Claire Pierson explain the background and implications of the recent ruling which, although found Northern Ireland’s abortion law to be incompatible with human rights law, dismissed the case on technical grounds.

In recent weeks abortion has been a highly topical issue in Ireland, north and south. Following the referendum decision in the Republic of Ireland […]

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    If properly supported, local partnerships could help tackle radicalisation in UK communities

If properly supported, local partnerships could help tackle radicalisation in UK communities

Local partnership working helps not only detect, but also tackle radicalisation in a joined up way. But are these partnerships properly resourced and co-ordinated? Sue Roberts explains why, despite being vital, local multi-agency partnerships are being hindered by their unclear role and austerity cuts.

After the Manchester, London Bridge, Borough Market and Finsbury Park terrorist attacks in 2017, politicians and […]

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    Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Taken how often we use the term, we need to be more accurate in who/what we call populist, writes Luke March. In this analysis he defines the term and explains why, despite what is often said, there is no populist upsurge in the UK.

It has become a standard cliché that populism, like communism before it, is the ‘spectre’ haunting […]

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    The polarisation of party supporters since 2015 and the problem of the ’empty centre’ – in maps

The polarisation of party supporters since 2015 and the problem of the ’empty centre’ – in maps

Following up from his 2015 analysis on the economic and cultural positions of party supporters in England, Jonathan Wheatley uses 2017 data and finds that party supporters have become far more polarised. He also finds that there is a gap in the middle, occupied possibly by large numbers of undecided voters. It is that ’empty centre’ on the economic […]

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    Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments have revived discussions on racism. But did we ever see the ‘end of racism’? Drawing on extensive research on the historical articulations of racism across Europe, Katy Sian explains how in the post-racial society, debates on anti-racism became invisible. This confusion allowed racism to grow unchecked.

Post-racialism and anti-racism

Between 2010 and 2013, when myself and colleagues at […]

March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments|