Sweden’s Feminist Initiative are on the rise, but what does the history of women’s parties tell us about their prospects?

Sweden’s Feminist Initiative are on the rise, but what does the history of women’s parties tell us about their prospects?

With the success of Soraya Post and Feminist Initiative in Sweden this year, Claire McGing looks at women’s political parties, how they emerge, what influences they can have, and the challenges they face. While the influence of women’s parties has historically frequently been transitory, they nonetheless have a ‘contagion’ effect on mainstream parties, who seek […]

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The growth of conspiracy theorising is influenced by dominant media narratives and news framing practices

The growth of conspiracy theorising is influenced by dominant media narratives and news framing practices

How might social scientists best account for the widespread acceptance of such unlikely sounding claims such as those put forward by the 9/11 Truth Movement, or those concerning the alleged foreign birth of President Obama? While comparably “ignorant” or “bizarre” beliefs might seem unremarkable in societies characterised by authoritarian rule, state controlled media and low […]

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Political and constitutional turbulence in the UK looks set to continue to 2020

Political and constitutional turbulence in the UK looks set to continue to 2020

Scotland’s ‘No’ vote solves one acute existential threat to the UK, says Patrick Dunleavy, but only for now. The likely narrow results of the May 2015 general election, plus David Cameron’s promise of another referendum on the UK leaving the European Union in 2017, both promise massive constitutional turbulence between now and 2020. For instance, if the UK votes to leave the European Union in 2017,a near-immediate […]

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Reading List: 6 essential books on Scotland and the Scottish independence referendum

Reading List: 6 essential books on Scotland and the Scottish independence referendum

The Scottish Independence Referendum may be over, but the Scottish question is far from settled. Here, we round up a variety of books on Scotland’s social and political past and present. Similar PostsElectoral management issues were the dog that didn’t bark in the Scottish nightThe Scottish Independence Referendum, how will it all unfold?Scots living overseas or […]

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When it comes to a fair constitutional settlement, beware of constitutional hyper-activism

When it comes to a fair constitutional settlement, beware of constitutional hyper-activism

The Flower of Scotland may well be blooming but a number of thorny issues face the Prime Minister and the leaders of the main parties in the UK, writes Matthew Flinders. The Prime Minister’s commitment to a ‘new and fair constitutional settlement’ not just for Scotland but for the whole of the United Kingdom may well reflect […]

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Whither the Union? Scotland’s voice prompts more questions than answers

Whither the Union? Scotland’s voice prompts more questions than answers

After Scotland’s big decision, thoughts have moved to the future and implications that are far-reaching for the whole of the Union. Carl Cullinane rounds up the reaction and tries to pick apart what it all means for UK democracy. Similar PostsUnfinished devolution has created constitutional imbalances in the UKPolitical and constitutional turbulence in the UK looks set […]

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Electoral management issues were the dog that didn’t bark in the Scottish night

Electoral management issues were the dog that didn’t bark in the Scottish night

After a long day, and night, of democracy, Dr. Toby James notes that few problems have been initially reported with the running of the Scottish independence referendum, despite the high turnout.  This stands in stark, and indeed welcome, contrast to the 2010 general election. Similar PostsThe Scottish Independence Referendum, how will it all unfold?Reading List: […]

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Yes or no, the Scottish Independence Referendum has been good for democracy on both sides of the border

Yes or no, the Scottish Independence Referendum has been good for democracy on both sides of the border

Scotland finally goes to the polls today to decide on its status as either a newly independent nation, or a part of the United Kingdom. The result looks set to be close, but whatever happens, argue Sean Kippin and Carl Cullinane, the referendum has been a remarkable boon for democracy and political engagement on both sides […]

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Two-party contests and the politics of electoral reform: the case of Taiwan

Two-party contests and the politics of electoral reform: the case of Taiwan

Taiwan recently took the decision to implement electoral reform, shifting from a single non-transferable vote and multi-member district system to a first-past-the-post mixed system, with both main parties supporting the decision. Enuju Chi argues that they did so largely out of self-interest, and that the parties’ goals of maximizing their respective number of seats led […]

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The Scottish Independence Referendum, how will it all unfold?

The Scottish Independence Referendum, how will it all unfold?

After days, weeks and months of argument, controversy and preparation, Scotland will go to the polls tomorrow, with a long day of voting and a long night of counting ahead. Carl Cullinane outlines the nuts and bolts of how Scotland’s big day will go. Similar PostsElectoral management issues were the dog that didn’t bark in the […]

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