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Peter Campbell Memorial Lecture

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Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and influence

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Why the Golden Dawn is a Neo-Nazi Party

Daphne Halikiopoulou (University of Reading) and Sofia Vasilopoulou (University of York), first posted on Huffington Post With the on-going Golden Dawn trial in Greece there has been much debate as to whether the Golden Dawn is a neo-Nazi group. The … Continue reading

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Anti-immigrant attitudes in the UK are among the strongest in Europe

Dr Tim Vlandas, First posted at LSE Brexit blog The vote for Brexit took place. I had hoped that this would have been the end of the obsession with immigration. Brexit would allow the UK to ‘take back control’ of … Continue reading

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GEOPOLITICS AND TRADE – What Sir Halford Mackinder would have said about the Referendum

A singular failure of the current referendum campaign that can be attributed equally to both sides has been an absence of any attempt to articulate the nature of Britain’s geopolitical relationship to Europe. By geopolitics I do not mean its … Continue reading

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‘Once more unto the breach’

‘Once more unto the breach’ – On Hillary Benn and Fighting Wars with Words Dr Nadya Ali Shadow Home Secretary Hillary Benn has emerged as the unlikely oratory hero through his speech to the House of Commons during the debate … Continue reading

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How do we decide what is in the national interest?

Dr Adam Humphreys David Cameron recently described Jeremy Corbyn’s support for nuclear disarmament as a threat to national security. During his premiership, Gordon Brown argued for sweeping reforms to tackle global challenges such as climate change, poverty and the failing banking system, all in the name of … Continue reading

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Electoral Disproportionality: What Is It and How Should We Measure It?

Alan Renwick Note: A shorter, less technical version of this post is available on the Constitution Unit blog. Readers seeking a quick answer to the question of whether the UK election was the most disproportional the UK has seen are … Continue reading

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What Does Eurovision 2015 Tell Us about Voting Systems?

Would a different voting system have produced a different result in Eurovision 2015? And what are the implications for our understanding of the merits of different electoral rules? In this post, Dr Alan Renwick investigates. The Eurovision Song Contest is … Continue reading

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The Chances of Electoral Reform Revisited

Has the election result made electoral reform more likely? In an update to a post published just before the election, Alan Renwick argues that it has not. On Wednesday I wrote a post suggesting that, while the election result might … Continue reading

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