Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

Five minutes with Gideon Skinner: “The trend in the polling is clearly toward support for the UK staying in the EU”

What can the polling tell us about the likely result in the UK’s referendum on EU membership? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, discusses the recent trends in British public opinion, the potential for David Cameron’s intended renegotiation to shape the outcome, and why […]

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EVEL intentions, or a necessary solution? Experts respond to the Government’s English Votes for English Laws proposals

EVEL intentions, or a necessary solution? Experts respond to the Government’s English Votes for English Laws proposals

The Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, last week announced the introduction of English Votes for English Laws – a new constitutional settlement to provide an answer to the “West Lothian Questions”. Democratic Audit asked experts Andrew Blick, Louise Thompson, Alan Trench, and Akash Paun to give their take on the proposals.  Similar PostsFederalism […]

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Would Brexit spell the end of European defence?

Would Brexit spell the end of European defence?

Alongside France, the UK is generally viewed as one of the most important actors in EU defence policy. Karen E. Smith assesses what impact the UK leaving the EU might have in the area of defence. She writes that a Brexit would not spell the end for common European defence as a whole, particularly given […]

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The potential for public dialogue and deliberation in the development of national infrastructure policy

The potential for public dialogue and deliberation in the development of national infrastructure policy

Infrastructure spending has come under the microscope recently, with  projects like the creation of a new high speed rail line, and the mooted expansion of Heathrow Airport showing the difficulty of persuading everyone of the merit of the project in question. Ian Thompson asks whether it is possible to have genuine public deliberation on a […]

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Book Review: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction

Book Review: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction

Global Democratic Theory analyses a number of theories related to democracy at different levels of government. Issues of representation of different civil society groups and government accountability are among the main themes. Mehmet Kerem Coban recommends the book “for all readers because we are all affected by ‘democratic deficits’ at various levels of the policy-making process.” […]

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Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece

Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece

Greece is in the midst of turmoil, with its government unwilling to capitulate to the ‘Troika’ of the EU, IMF, and European Central Bank on debt repayment, nor willing to abandon its membership of the European single currency. While many view the resolution of the Greek crisis as representing an opportunity for stability, Nicole Scicluna argues that […]

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A road map for pluralistic and ‘asymmetric’ devolution in the UK

A road map for pluralistic and ‘asymmetric’ devolution in the UK

Devolution to a model set out by the centre is not devolution at all, writes Jonathan Carr-West. We need local authorities and groups of local authorities in cities and counties to come forward with detailed and realistic proposals on how they plan to grow their local economies and improve local services and what powers they need […]

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Analysis of Twitter responses indicates a preference for diversity in televised political debates

Analysis of Twitter responses indicates a preference for diversity in televised political debates

In autumn 2014, during the last few weeks of the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign, researchers at Robert Gordon University explored the Twitter response to three live televised political debates, each of which involved high-profile participants. Graeme Baxter shares their findings.  Similar PostsThe SNP’s exponential rise is throwing the British system of government into turmoil20 things […]

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Politicians should embrace the radicalism of Freedom of Information, else they may end up regretting it

Politicians should embrace the radicalism of Freedom of Information, else they may end up regretting it

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced by Tony Blair’s first Labour government, something which the former Prime Minister now regrets. His new-found scepticism has been echoed by the new Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, who has proposed limiting its reach. Ben Worthy argues that politicians should embrace the full radicalism of Freedom of Information, rather […]

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Interview: Peter Parycek and Noella Edelmann on digital democracy best practice, localism, and e-government

Interview: Peter Parycek and Noella Edelmann on digital democracy best practice, localism, and e-government

Does democracy have a digital future? At a recent conference at Danube University in Krems, Austria, Sean Kippin asked the co-Chairs of the recent digital democracy and e-government conference (CEDEM) – Peter Parycek and Noella Edelmann – whether politicians were capable of making the necessary transition to digital, what the implications were localism, and which countries […]

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