An English Constitutional Convention could benefit both main parties in the face of the UKIP threat

An English Constitutional Convention could benefit both main parties in the face of the UKIP threat

Last week Robert Hazell set out some of the options for a possible UK constitutional convention. Here Meg Russell proposes some more specific answers to the questions that he posed: for example on what a constitutional convention should be tasked to do, timescale, and membership. She suggests that a more limited convention than Labour proposes, to […]

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Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Europe is entering the ‘age of the referendum’, but there is nothing to fear for European democracy if referendums are properly regulated

Referendums have become increasingly common occurrences in European states in recent decades. Stephen Tierney writes on some of the potential benefits and dangers of using referendums to solve key constitutional questions. He writes that while referendums can undermine democracy if used incorrectly, they generally suffer from problems of practice rather than principle and these problems […]

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UKIP’s rise could spark unplanned but welcome constitutional reform

UKIP’s rise could spark unplanned but welcome constitutional reform

UKIP’s rise has caught the establishment by surprise, with the main parties doing all they can to prevent the further rise of the right-wing populist party. However their success is likely to be limited by the difficulty that new parties have in breaking into a House of Commons distinguished by its continuing use of First […]

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Right-wing citizens in right-wing countries dislike the EU, but right-wing citizens in left-wing countries support European integration

Right-wing citizens in right-wing countries dislike the EU, but right-wing citizens in left-wing countries support European integration

How does the economic context within a country affect support for the European Union? John Garry and James Tilley present results of a study on the way in which the views of right-wing and left-wing citizens are shaped by the economic context within EU states. The findings show that those with right-wing opinions tend to […]

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Values have a larger influence on the party choices of voters in European countries that have polarised party systems

Values have a larger influence on the party choices of voters in European countries that have polarised party systems

Do values influence the choices of voters when they make their decisions on who and what to vote for, and if so to what extent? Analysing data and political parties from 15 different European democracies, Thomas Loughran argues that voters in political systems with more polarised systems are more value driven than those in less polarised systems.  Similar PostsMost […]

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Political attack on journalists’ sources undermines democracy and must be stopped

Political attack on journalists’ sources undermines democracy and must be stopped

The big story in journalism in recent years has been the revelations around phone hacking, and the Leveson inquiry and establishment of a new press regulator which followed. Tim Crook argues that this is far less significant that a recent story that has emerged which showed the police using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) […]

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“Safe seats” are only really safe as long as rival political parties neglect to target them

“Safe seats” are only really safe as long as rival political parties neglect to target them

Are so called “safe seats” safe because of the devotion of their electors to a particular political party, or because the other parties simply don’t bother wasting their resources on ‘unwinnable’ contests? Alun Wyburn-Powell points to several examples, both historical and recent, which suggest that an intimidatingly large majority may be more fragile than it […]

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Book Review: Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK edited by Giovanni Razzu

Book Review: Gender Inequality in the Labour Market in the UK edited by Giovanni Razzu

Despite the changed and changing position of women in society there remain substantial gender differences in the labour market. This collection covers the gender pay gap, occupational segregation, and gender differences in school subject choice. Marion Koob is impressed but would like to have seen more policy recommendations from the book’s contributors. Similar PostsYoung women face gender-specific […]

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There are large gaps between the parties in their aspirations for what comes next for Scotland

There are large gaps between the parties in their aspirations for what comes next for Scotland

Just three weeks ago the people of Scotland voted to stay in the UK. This week, as Akash Paun explains, the debate on the next phase of devolution began in earnest as Scotland’s five main political parties (the four you would guess plus the Scottish Greens) submitted their proposals to Lord Smith of Kelvin – the one-man commission charged with […]

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