During the 2015 election, the Government Department created LSE’s General Election blog, which drew on the contributions of hundreds of authors in LSE and outside to provide focused coverage of the election itself (going far beyond the coverage capabilities of the British Politics and Policy blog) and also incorporating many contributions from our sister blogs, including commentary at the Democratic Audit and the statistical background to the general election at Democratic Dashboard. The General Election site was always intended to be temporary, and so we ceased coverage a month after the election finished.
However, all the content now forms part of our long-run and permanently archived heritage here on the British Politics and Policy blog, reflecting LSE Government Department’s commitment to building free and open access resources available to scholars and citizens long term.
We sincerely thank all of the many authors who contributed here, and all the scholars, practitioners, citizens and followers who commented and created a great debate around the blog during the campaign period.
Update News: Thanks to funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and LSE’s HEIF5 fund, the Democratic Dashboard will be covering all the UK’s major elections in May 2016, and refreshing our General Election 2015 constituency archive, so as to be ready for the 2020 general election.
General Election 2015 blog posts
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Does income matter for vote intention? In this post, Alexandre Afonso looks into the relationships between income, education, redistribution, and vote intention in the context ...more
The independence referendum in Scotland played a decisive role in galvanising support for the SNP and leading many Labour voters to abandon ship. In this article, ...more
It has been suggested in recent weeks that one source of variation in the polls of vote intention for the general election is the difference ...more
If a new government were to raise the top rate of income tax, it is unlikely that the UK's highest earners will work less hard ...more
In this post, Steve Fisher and Jonathan Jones explain their election forecasting model which powers the results presented at Electionsetc.com. Here they explain their model and the ...more
Recent coverage of the election from May2015.com has suggested that there are few scenarios in which the Conservatives are likely to be able to survive a ...more
Labour and the Conservatives are both proposing to employ a tougher approach to immigration if they win the election. But, as Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay explain ...more
Across the UK, there is likely to be an increase in the number of women elected as MPs. However, this does not appear to be ...more
When parliament was dissolved at midnight on March 30 a team at Storyful began tracking the tweets of thousands of candidates across the United Kingdom. In this ...more
In this post, the team at electionforecast.co.uk discuss their current predictions for Scotland. In 2010, not a single Scottish seat changed party hands. In 2015, ...more