Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Despite the Prime Minister being in search of an emergency break, the debate over in-work benefits is symbolic, writes Clara Sandelind. Welfare is not the main reason people choose to come to the UK while EU migrants do not claim more such benefits than the British. Even those who will be affected by a possible […]

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Moulded in the right way, Labour’s competing intellectual currents could form a vibrant and appealing vision

Moulded in the right way, Labour’s competing intellectual currents could form a vibrant and appealing vision

Labour’s political identity is currently in a state of flux, with Jeremy Corbyn’s politics departing significant from his predecessors Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown, and Tony Blair. Here, Ben Jackson looks at Labour’s ideological currents, arguing that between them there is the potential for a vibrant Labour vision of society which could appeal to voters.  Similar PostsCorbyn’s […]

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Despite all the talk of prioritising poverty in Scotland, most regeneration investment is still going into wealthier areas

Despite all the talk of prioritising poverty in Scotland, most regeneration investment is still going into wealthier areas

In Scotland, all the main political parties are in theory committed to alleviation on poverty, with this year’s Holyrood election likely to see Labour and the SNP competing with one another over their respective sets of anti-poverty credentials. But, as Derek Rankine argues, regeneration investment continues to ignore the poorest areas in favour of those which arguably need the […]

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Do ethnic minority candidates mobilise ethnic minority voters? Mostly not.

Do ethnic minority candidates mobilise ethnic minority voters? Mostly not.

All major political parties in the UK have made efforts to increase the number of ethnic minority candidates that stand under their label for election, with Labour’s Sadiq Khan aiming to be become the first Muslim Mayor of London after May of this year. Here, Nicole Martin argues that the idea that ethnic minority candidates […]

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Allowing transnational voting during European elections could alleviate the EU’s democratic deficit

Allowing transnational voting during European elections could alleviate the EU’s democratic deficit

European Parliament elections are often criticised for lacking the required level of voter engagement to confer democratic legitimacy to the integration process. Jonathan Bright, Diego Garzia, Joseph Lacey and Alexander Trechsel assess whether ‘transnationalising’ European elections by allowing voters to back parties in other EU countries would help alleviate the problem. They argue that language barriers may represent a challenge, but […]

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‘There is no point having a token woman’: Gender and representation in the ‘new’ Northern Ireland

‘There is no point having a token woman’: Gender and representation in the ‘new’ Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland continues to lag behind the rest of the UK when it comes to female representation in political life. However, in the elevation of Arlene Foster to First Minister, Northern Ireland joins Scotland in having a female First Minister. Here, Sophie Whiting and Maire Braniff try to explain the low number of female Northern Irish politicians, and […]

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Is public sector broadcasting in Scotland under threat?

Is public sector broadcasting in Scotland under threat?

In Scotland, the debate on the future of the BBC, and Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) more generally, has taken a specific form shaped by a longstanding demands for greater autonomy. Philip Schlesinger argues that the Scottish debate about the future of the BBC, has been – and will be – shaped by wider constitutional questions, current politics and changes […]

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In the 2015 General Election campaign, politicians used social media to broadcast to voters rather than converse with them

In the 2015 General Election campaign, politicians used social media to broadcast to voters rather than converse with them

Social media has become an important feature of general elections across the world, and played a prominent role in the recent UK General Election which took place last May. Here, Michael J. Jensen analyses Twitter campaign activity, and finds that rather than facilitating conversations between campaigns and prospective voters, it was used to ‘broadcast’ the […]

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Corbyn’s election was an organisational phenomenon that raises profound questions about political party ownership

Corbyn’s election was an organisational phenomenon that raises profound questions about political party ownership

Changes to the way the Labour leader is elected were an essential factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s victory. Meg Russell explains how the switch to a ‘one member one vote’ system was a fundamental change for the party – and for British politics – with last summer’s events raising profound questions about party democracy. This text is adapted […]

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How effectively is gender equality achieved in the political and public life of the UK?

How effectively is gender equality achieved in the political and public life of the UK?

Continuing the 2016 Audit of UK democracy, Sonali Campion and the DA team examine the extent to which gender equality provisions in British public life accord with democratic requirements. Where previous historical inequalities and discrimination against women are being rectified, is the pace of recent change fast enough? Similar PostsSelect committees are becoming increasingly significant, […]

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