Political gridlock may be coming – and it may be no bad thing

Political gridlock may be coming – and it may be no bad thing

The United States has seen legislative gridlock take hold under successive congresses, with representatives and senators either unable or unwilling to work across party lines for largely political reasons. Anthony Painter argues that the same might be about to happen in the UK, with an indecisive election likely in May of this year. He further […]

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20 things we learned about democracy in January 2015

20 things we learned about democracy in January 2015

Christmas is over, 2015 is here, and the General Election we are constantly being told is only a matter of (tens of) days away. As the locomotive that is British democracy chugs back into gear after its winter break, we are left, as ever, questioning whether we actually learned anything new. Fortunately, Democratic Audit UK’s Sean […]

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Constitutional issues look set to only have a marginal influence on the General Election, at least in England

Constitutional issues look set to only have a marginal influence on the General Election, at least in England

The referendum on Scottish independence held in late September of last year brought constitutional issues to the fore of the political debate on both sides of the border, with Westminster parties seeming to agree that the proposals of the Smith Commission should be implemented sooner rather than later. Paul Cairney argues that despite this newfound focus on […]

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The UK’s political parties do matter when it comes to determining immigration policy

The UK’s political parties do matter when it comes to determining immigration policy

Research on the impact of parties on public policy, and on immigration policy in particular, often finds limited evidence of partisan influence. Tim Bale and James Hampshire show that partisan influence depends not only on coalition dynamics, but how these dynamics interact with interdepartmental conflicts and lobbying by organised interests influence. Similar PostsBook Review: Policy Agendas in […]

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What effect do leader visits to constituencies have on a party’s vote?

What effect do leader visits to constituencies have on a party’s vote?

David Cameron spoke recently about the possibility of holding the debates before the campaign period because ‘the election campaign should be about travelling around the country, listening and talking to people’. Ed Miliband wants Labour to talk to 4 million people. But do leader visits have an impact? Alia Middleton examines the evidence from 2010 and finds […]

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Plans to detect and prevent electoral fraud are under way ahead of this May’s General Election

Plans to detect and prevent electoral fraud are under way ahead of this May’s General Election

Robust plans are in place ahead of the May elections, but it is vital that voters know what does and doesn’t constitute acceptable campaigning behaviour and where to report concerns, argues the Electoral Commission’s Head of Electoral Policy, Tom Hawthorn.  Similar PostsRecent Nigerian experience illustrates the importance of ensuring that the institutional, financial, and operational […]

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Party system fragmentation is incompatible with our electoral system

Party system fragmentation is incompatible with our electoral system

The 2010 general election was notable in multiple respects, and will be recorded by history as the election which saw Britain’s first post-war coalition government. Yet, perhaps just as notable is the breaking of the record for the vote won by ‘other’ parties outside the big three of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In this […]

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Countries with less Government interference in the media have higher levels of voter knowledge

Countries with less Government interference in the media have higher levels of voter knowledge

A media free from Government interference is one of the key components of a democratic society, with state interference in what is and isn’t printed and broadcast used to exemplify the lack of freedoms enjoyed by many countries. Martijn Schoonvelde argues that it is also a pre-requisite for greater understanding of the political and democratic systems.  Similar […]

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Policymakers should be considering the impact on media plurality of digital intermediaries such as Facebook

Policymakers should be considering the impact on media plurality of digital intermediaries such as Facebook

To conclude with the LSE Media Policy Project’s Plurality Dialogue series, Damian Tambini addresses the most crucial questions that policymakers should be considering with regards to the role that digital intermediaries play in the democratic process. Similar PostsIt’s 2014 and we’re still implementing Leveson Inquiry recommendations

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The departure (and return) of “Page 3″: the media’s conflicted relationship with cover-ups

The departure (and return) of “Page 3″: the media’s conflicted relationship with cover-ups

The Sun recently announced (via fellow Murdoch organ the Times) that Page 3 – the daily appearance of a topless model in the paper – was to be scrapped. Two days later, the Sun itself announced that after the briefest of hiatuses, it was to return. The press coverage of the whole affair was, according […]

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