Category Archives: British Politics

The rise and rise of human rights in British political discourse

Richard Wood, who graduated with first-class honours in Politics and International Relations from Reading last summer, is now working as a research assistant on Alan Renwick’s project looking at changing patterns of debate over political reform.  In this post, he … Continue reading

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The Redrawing of Westminster Constituencies: Focus on the Principles, not the Politics

Alan Renwick With the publication yesterday of the Scottish Boundary Commission’s proposals for Scotland’s 52 new Westminster constituencies, we have had a fresh round of speculation as to who is in and who is out, and which sitting MPs will … Continue reading

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Responses to the London Riots: A Concerted Effort at Depoliticisation

The riots of recent days in London and elsewhere have wrecked many lives and shocked the nation.  They have reignited the long-standing debate over whether the actions of rioters such as these should straightforwardly be “condemned” or whether our primary … Continue reading

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Debating the Welsh Assembly electoral system

Alan Renwick Peter Hain, the Shadow Welsh Secretary, has proposed today that the electoral system for the Welsh Assembly should be changed from the current proportional system to a plurality system using two-member constituencies.  This comes in the wake of … Continue reading

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New Briefing Paper on House of Lords Reform

Alan Renwick The Political Studies Association’s new briefing paper on House of Lords Reform, which I have written, was published on the Association’s website this morning.  Like the previous briefing paper on the Alternative Vote electoral system, it seeks dispassionately … Continue reading

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The debate over House of Lords reform needs to be based in evidence

Alan Renwick My new briefing paper on House of Lords reform will be published by the Political Studies Association on Monday.  I will be writing here shortly after that on some of its core conclusions.  But for now I’d like … Continue reading

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Revising Prevent: the Politics of Counter-Terrorism and Existential Angst

The government recently announced plans to revise its Prevent strategy, one of the core strands of its counter-terrorism policy.  In this post, Nadya Ali, a PhD student in the School of Politics and International Relations, casts a critical eye over … Continue reading

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The AV referendum debate: Analysing the newspaper coverage

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Now that my student and wunderkind research assistant Michael Lamb has finished his exams, he is hard at work analysing the newspaper coverage of the AV referendum debates. The full results of his labours won’t be available for a while, but we thought we would give you a glimpse of early findings on how the volume of coverage changed over time.

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Their Lordships should beware: there is an overwhelming consensus behind Lords reform

Alan Renwick   The government launched its proposals for reform of the House of Lords two weeks ago.  At the time, there were widespread rumours that senior Labour and Conservative peers were gearing up to scupper the plans.  A survey … Continue reading

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