How we choose our political leaders tells the world a lot about us

How we choose our political leaders tells the world a lot about us

Nearly all democratic countries’ accept, to varying degrees, the notion that rulers should be chosen by the people, and subject to various limitations, checks and balances. However, many people who subscribe to these ideals are also comfortable with the notion of a benign hegemon in the international realm – namely the United States. Here, LSE’s Danny […]

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The Icelandic experience challenges the view that constitutional process must be exclusionary and secretive

The Icelandic experience challenges the view that constitutional process must be exclusionary and secretive

In the wake of the financial crisis which nearly bankrupted Iceland, the country began a process to create a new constitution which could maintain the confidence of a public understandably disenchanted with their political elite. What followed was a ‘crowd-sourced’ project which ultimately fell at the final hurdle. However the experience did show that it is […]

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The emerging political consensus around local growth is encouraging, but now the hard work really begins

The emerging political consensus around local growth is encouraging, but now the hard work really begins

Devolution to local and regional government has been in vogue recently, with George Osborne and Ed Miliband each voicing their preferences for a new settlement between central and local government. Here, Neil McInroy argues that that is all well and good, but warm words are only a start, and that think tanks, campaigners, businesses and […]

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Despite the reshuffle, we are still a long way from a 50:50 gender balanced Parliament

Despite the reshuffle, we are still a long way from a 50:50 gender balanced Parliament

Much has been made of the addition of a number of extra women to the Cabinet following David Cameron’s recent ministerial reshuffle. But despite the headlines, the UK still lags terribly behind other countries in terms of the levels of women in Parliament. Frances Scott, who is campaigning for a 50/50 balance in Parliament, argues […]

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Asking specific targeted questions can overcome misreporting and bring about greater accuracy in post-election surveys

Asking specific targeted questions can overcome misreporting and bring about greater accuracy in post-election surveys

Researchers are dependent on high quality information arising from post-election survey data in order to best understand the attitudes and the social trends that shape election outcomes. But often, because of the stigma attached to not voting, some respondents misreport their behaviour, claiming erroneously to have voted. Here, Eva Zeglovitz and Sylvia Kritzinger show that by […]

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Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

The Muslims Are Coming! contains a wealth of research into and analysis of particular cases of counter terrorist activity and interventions which can challenge the established orthodoxies prevailing on both sides of the Atlantic. Naaz Rashid finds that Arun Kundnani’s work should be required reading for officials and Ministers in the Home Office, Department of Communities & Local Government, the Department of […]

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A new UK federalist settlement may sound like an attractive idea, but it isn’t the answer to our democratic malaise

A new UK federalist settlement may sound like an attractive idea, but it isn’t the answer to our democratic malaise

The notion of a federal solution to the UK’s current constitutional imbalances, and as a possible alternative to outright Scottish separation has recent entered the political agenda, with Gordon Brown and David Marquand in particular putting the case. Here, Gerry Hassan says that while it sounds like an intuitively attractive proposition, federalism ignores the question of […]

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A recent Involve and Westminster University event illustrated the challenges presented in marrying technology to democracy

A recent Involve and Westminster University event illustrated the challenges presented in marrying technology to democracy

A recent event co-hosted by Involve and the University of Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Democracy tackled the question of whether democracy and technology were friends or foes. In reporting on the event, Involve’s Sonia Bussu shows that the event’s speakers were alive to the challenges inherent in bringing technology to bear on democracy, […]

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Citizenship education should give young people the skills and knowledge to participate in political debate on social media

Citizenship education should give young people the skills and knowledge to participate in political debate on social media

Young people engage increasingly interact on social media, including engaging in political debate. Mark Shephard, Stephen Quinlan, Stephen Tagg and Lindsay Paterson have studied this form of discussion, and believe it offers potential to increase political literacy and engagement. However, there are important lessons that need to be learned by users of social media platforms, including about the […]

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