Category Archives: British Politics

What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

By Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou (Associate Professor in Comparative Politics) The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what is new … Continue reading

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The truth about John Bercow’s comments at the University of Reading

Dr Mark Shanahan (Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Reading) There was a point when I turned to the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, during a public discussion event at the University of Reading, and asked him if … 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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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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Could electoral reform really happen?

Could the results of tomorrow’s general election really lead to change in the electoral system? Many commentators seem to think yes. Alan Renwick here offers some reason for caution. Lots of people are suddenly talking about electoral reform. Never mind … Continue reading

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Designing a Constitutional Convention for the UK: Getting the Details Right Really Matters

Dr Alan Renwick The prospects for a citizen-led constitutional convention in the UK have been transformed over the past twelve months.  When I wrote a pamphlet last April arguing the case for such a convention, I was frequently told that, … Continue reading

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Will Scotland Set a Turnout Record? Your Definitive Guide

An exceptionally high turnout is predicted in Scotland’s independence referendum next week. Voter registration is at record levels and the Chief Counting Officer has been urging people to avoid the busy times at the polling stations to beat the queues. … Continue reading

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The New Lords Appointments Show Again Why Reform Is Badly Needed

Alan Renwick There is much justified indignation in the newspapers this morning about yesterday’s announcement of thirty new members of the House of Lords.  Yet such indignation is curious when it comes from papers that campaigned vociferously against the government’s … Continue reading

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Electing the House of Lords: Should there be above-the-line voting?

Alan Renwick The parliamentary select committee that has been examining the government’s proposals for reform of the House of Lords will be publishing its report in a couple of weeks’ time.  Rumour has it that they want an electoral system … Continue reading

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The government’s Scottish referendum plans are indefensible

Alan Renwick   The UK government has launched a consultation on the framework for a referendum on Scottish independence.  Unfortunately, this is a consultation where the government apparently thinks it already knows most of the answers.  Worse still, the answers it … Continue reading

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