Political Leaders are facing challenging times

I recently convened a Political Studies Association workshop on political leadership at the University of East Anglia.  Below, I reflect on some of the lessons learnt. Political leaders are facing challenging times. International financial austerity has had dramatic consequences for leaders around the world. Leaders have often had to campaign for (re)election and govern with…Read more Political Leaders are facing challenging times

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A blueprint for fixing elections? The Presidential Commission on Election Administration publishes its report

The US Presidential Commission on Election Administration has today published its report on how long-running problems with American elections can be fixed.  It has claimed that: 'problems that hinder the efficient administration of elections are both identifiable and solvable. The whole report can be downloaded here.  Here were my suggestions:  https://www.supportthevoter.gov/2013/10/24/what-the-presidential-commission-can-learn-from-the-united-kingdom-about-improving-elections/

Voter ID in Britain? A Note of Caution from Academic Research

Voter ID in Britain is being put forward to fix the problem of voter fraud.  Toby James claims that there is little evidence of widespread voter fraud.  Rather, research shows that voter identification requirements might restrict turnout unevenly across British society and is the policy option that is likely to be considered strategically by the…Read more Voter ID in Britain? A Note of Caution from Academic Research