Devolution in the North of England: time to bring the people into the debate?

Devolution in the North of England: time to bring the people into the debate?

The referendum in Scotland has created impetus for a redistribution of power within England, with attempts to bring greater devolution to the North of England in particular. But who will determine the shape of this – Westminster, local elites or local citizens, asks Arianna Giovannini.  In the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, the ‘English Question’ has […]

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We shouldn’t focus solely on the Syria vote when assessing Parliament’s power over military deployments

We shouldn’t focus solely on the Syria vote when assessing Parliament’s power over military deployments

In August 2013, the House of Commons rejected a Government proposal to intervene in Syria following that country’s regime’s use of chemical weapons. The vote proved to be most consequential, with some arguing that it led to the United States ultimately withdrawing its proposals to lead the campaign against the Syrian tyrant Bashar Al-Assad. Louise […]

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Book Review: Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies by Miriam E. David

Book Review: Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies by Miriam E. David

Feminism, Gender, and Universities celebrates the way in which feminism has forever changed the terrain of higher education whilst examining the impact that the movement has had on the lives of women engaged in teaching others, writes Katherine Williams. Feminism, Gender, and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies. Miriam E. David. Ashgate. 2014. Find this book:  With Feminism, Gender, […]

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Implementing the recommendations of the Digital Democracy Commission: Where to now?

Implementing the recommendations of the Digital Democracy Commission: Where to now?

Last week saw a Westminster Hall debate to discuss the report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy. Andy Williamson argues that while concrete steps are being taken to implement some of the recommendations, greater drive will be needed to create a coherent long-term programme for the digital modernisation of Parliament. Similar PostsDigital technology can […]

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Introducing the Democratic Dashboard: a new voter information resource

Introducing the Democratic Dashboard: a new voter information resource

Today Democratic Audit UK presents the Democratic Dashboard, a new voter information resource which for the first time brings together an array of information on different types of elections and constituencies, and aims to make often difficult to find data more widely accessible. The UK has the lowest rate of electoral participation by young people […]

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As long as politicians continue to ignore the concerns of the public, satisfaction with democracy will continue to decline

As long as politicians continue to ignore the concerns of the public, satisfaction with democracy will continue to decline

Political disengagement is one of the defining challenges of our time, with multiple theories as to why the public continues to drift away from democracy and the political system. Stefanie Reher argues that one factor in advanced democracies is the perceived inability of the political class to pay attention to the actual opinions and concerns […]

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Why political context is key in determining the parties interest groups choose to collaborate with

Why political context is key in determining the parties interest groups choose to collaborate with

When interest groups choose to collaborate with political parties what determines the type of party they opt to work with? Anne Rasmussen and Simon Otjes write that the two key elements shaping this decision are typically the ideological similarities between the interest group and the party, together with how powerful the party is in terms of […]

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The 32nd British Social Attitudes sheds a light on the public opinion trends that will decide the General Election

The 32nd British Social Attitudes sheds a light on the public opinion trends that will decide the General Election

Today NatCen Social Research releases the 32nd British Social Attitudes report, which provides information about the way the British public view society. Here, NatCen’s Cheif Executive Penny Young previews some key findings, which are sure to influence the electorate’s voting behaviour in May’s General Election. Today we’re publishing the 32nd British Social Attitudes report, in […]

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Should the UK stay or go? The economic consequences of Britain leaving the EU

Should the UK stay or go? The economic consequences of Britain leaving the EU

How would a British exit from the EU affect the UK’s economy? Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and Thomas Sampson outline the economic consequences of a Brexit, writing that reduced integration with EU countries is likely to cost the UK economy far more than is gained from lower contributions to the EU budget. Similar PostsBook Review: The European Council […]

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If Parliament is to be truly effective, committees must become more powerful and independent

If Parliament is to be truly effective, committees must become more powerful and independent

The House of Commons has long come under criticism for its fiery, partisan nature, but not many people realise that this point-scoring approach is not limited to the House of Commons chamber, and actually characterises much of its committee work, even when legislative scrutiny is involved. Camilla Hagelund and Jonathan Goddard present research from a new […]

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