Interview: Tim Bale on comparisons between Ed Miliband and David Cameron as Leader of the Opposition

Interview: Tim Bale on comparisons between Ed Miliband and David Cameron as Leader of the Opposition

Ed Miliband could be about the become the UK’s Prime Minister – equally he could be about to be consigned to history as a footnote, known only an another unsuccessful Leader of the Opposition. Sean Kippin interviewed Professor Tim Bale, author of a book on Ed Miliband’s period as Labour leader, and asked about comparisons […]

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Allowing MPs to job share would bring benefit constituents, democracy, and the MPs themselves

Allowing MPs to job share would bring benefit constituents, democracy, and the MPs themselves

Job-sharing has been a reality for some years now, with it being seen as a useful method to allow flexibility – particularly for disabled people, women, and other under-represented groups. However the prospect of it being introduced for Westminster elections seems remote. Emma Rome argues that the powers that be should reconsider, and that there […]

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Financialisation, home-ownership, and how democracy became a threat to economic growth

Financialisation, home-ownership, and how democracy became a threat to economic growth

A consensus on the desirability of promoting ‘financial inclusion’has occurred over recent years, with both main parties similarly keen to promote home ownership – despite the methods used to pursue this goal often making the issue of access to afforable housing worse. Craig Berry argues that this broad agenda – financialisation – carries with it […]

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Book Review: Elites: A General Model

Book Review: Elites: A General Model

Elites: A General Model applies looks at three distinctly different societies – ancient India, Classical Athens, and the contemporary United States and analyses each societies’ politicians and propagandists, landowners and capitalists, national heroes and celebrities, ordinary folks and outcasts. Marion Koob reviews. Elites: A General Model. Murray Milner, Jr. Polity. November 2014. Whatever their epoch, elites fascinate. […]

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Political marketing can be an asset rather than a threat to democracy

Political marketing can be an asset rather than a threat to democracy

The once distinct spheres of politics and marketing have become more entwined in recent decades, with mixed results. Clare Lovett explores the strengths and weaknesses of the political marketing approach to ‘selling’ the Labour Party from 1992 to 1997 with a view to demonstrating that, within certain frameworks, political marketing is not a threat but an asset […]

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In a multi-party political environment, the First-Past-The-Post electoral system may mitigate polarisation

In a multi-party political environment, the First-Past-The-Post electoral system may mitigate polarisation

In this post, Niall Hughes argues that FPTP electoral system performs much better in the context of multi-party politics. Crucially, in a general election a voter’s preferred candidate will depend on the results in other constituencies. As a result, when three parties compete in a general election and voters care about national policy, the problem of polarisation under FPTP […]

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The emergence of a genuine system of multiparty politics in the United Kingdom is a positive development for British democracy

The emergence of a genuine system of multiparty politics in the United Kingdom is a positive development for British democracy

In 1955 more than 90% of voters opted to back either Labour or the Conservatives. In 2015, this figure could drop to its lowest ever, even lower than 2010 when only 65% backed the established parties. Many factors lie behind this trend, but it represents a positive development, argues Vittorio Trevitt. An intriguing development that […]

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Candidate selection in Northern Ireland: A cold house for women?

Candidate selection in Northern Ireland: A cold house for women?

Across the UK, there is likely to be an increase in the number of women elected as MPs. However, this does not appear to be the case in Northern Ireland. In this post, Neil Matthews argues that formal candidate selection mechanisms are not to blame for the dearth of women competing in Westminster election. Rather, a […]

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The UK election spells the end for the biggest ‘law’ in political science

The UK election spells the end for the biggest ‘law’ in political science

Voters are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science, ‘Duverger’s Law’, writes Democratic Audit UK Director Patrick Dunleavy. Similar PostsParty environments shape the way that we, as citizens, think about politicsThe UK’s political parties need to adapt if they are to retain a […]

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The Manifesto for Youth: Young people are demanding to be heard in the General Election

The Manifesto for Youth: Young people are demanding to be heard in the General Election

Young voters are very likely to turn out to vote in smaller numbers than older voters at the General Election, with party politics achieving little to no cut through with younger age groups. Despite this, there are signs of encouragement, according to Andy Mycock, who was involved in Huddersfield University’s Manifesto for Youth. Since the […]

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