Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate examplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate examplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

David Cameron’s announcement that he is stepping down as Prime Minister capped a night of unprecedented referendum triumph for the ‘Brexiteers’ on the Conservative right and in UKIP in overthrowing Britain’s 43 year old membership of the European Union. Patrick Dunleavy considers the lessons that Cameron learned too late to save his premiership. Similar PostsWhat […]

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The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

Britain has voted for Brexit. What comes next is remarkably unclear. James Strong argues that four questions remain, and whether it is a general election or a second referendum, further polls will be required. Similar PostsIs direct democracy effective? Yes, if it is citizens who start the processWhat did ITV’s EU referendum debate say about […]

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Who will succeed David Cameron? A brief history of takeover Prime Ministers

Who will succeed David Cameron? A brief history of takeover Prime Ministers

Following David Cameron’s announcement that he will resign following the EU referendum, Ben Worthy assesses the experiences of Prime Ministers who have taken over mid-term, and considers what can be taken from this as we look forward to the upcoming Tory leadership battle. Similar PostsGoing, Going, Gone: How Safe is David Cameron?16 things you need […]

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Britain votes to leave the EU, here’s what happens next

Britain votes to leave the EU, here’s what happens next

Leave has won the UK referendum on our continued membership of the EU, meaning that it is likely that the Prime Minister will shortly set in train a series of events  and decisions that will shape our relationship with the continent for the future. Here, Gavin Barrett looks over what those events and decisions are.  […]

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Is the EU really run by unelected bureaucrats?

Is the EU really run by unelected bureaucrats?

Much of the UK’s referendum debate has focused on the extent to which EU decision-making is democratic, with the European Commission a source of particular criticism from leave campaigners on the basis that it is unelected. Simon Hix writes that while there are legitimate problems with the EU’s system of democracy, there is little to […]

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Brexit and Scottish independence: Does campaign information actually change voters’ minds during a referendum?

Brexit and Scottish independence: Does campaign information actually change voters’ minds during a referendum?

Both sides of the UK’s referendum campaign have invested huge resources in trying to convince the electorate to back their viewpoint, but how effective are these efforts in actually changing the minds of voters? Drawing on research in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Davide Morisi illustrates how information can have an impact on the […]

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What has the EU ever done for us? Peace, togetherness, investment, and prosperity

What has the EU ever done for us? Peace, togetherness, investment, and prosperity

The EU referendum is taking place today, with millions flocking to polling stations in order to register a vote for either remaining, or leaving, the EU. Here, Andrew Crines argues that the vote is an opportunity for us to examine what kind of country we want to be, and that EU membership has given us […]

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The EU referendum as a bad participatory design process

The EU referendum as a bad participatory design process

The EU referendum fails as a participatory design process in two important ways, namely that participants are deeply ill informed about the issues at hand, and that participants are unlikely to reflect the makeup of the country as a whole. Jimmy Tidey argues these highlight a broken process and writes that classic participatory design techniques could […]

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The idea that English nationalism has powered support for Brexit is unduly simplistic and requires re-examination

The idea that English nationalism has powered support for Brexit is unduly simplistic and requires re-examination

English sentiment has been important to the tenor and character of the Vote Leave campaign, but Michael Kenny writes there are reasons to be sceptical that English nationalism has had a clear, causal role in the EU Referendum. He asks whether the picture of the ‘two Englands’ – one progressive and cosmopolitan, the other populist […]

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16 things you need to know about what will happen if we vote to leave the EU

16 things you need to know about what will happen if we vote to leave the EU

As the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU draws closer, the result is impossible to predict. Many are asking what, in practical terms, would happen if we vote for Brexit. Alan Renwick explored some key elements of the withdrawal process before the referendum campaign began. Here, he gives a point-by-point overview of what […]

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