An Assessment of UK Electoral Integrity in 2017

How strong is the democratic integrity of UK elections? Are turnout, candidacies and participation maximised? The Democratic Audit is a long established project which has provided regular Audits of the quality of democracy in the UK. Originally set up in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust through two partners – Charter88 and the Human…Read more An Assessment of UK Electoral Integrity in 2017

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The effects of public sector austerity on voter outreach

Since Finanical Crisis of 2007-8, austerity has been the dominant theme of UK public policy.  Successive governments have sought to cut back on public spending to reduce the budget deficit.  Austerity has been a key election issue, with cuts to schools and hospitals featuring prominently in election campaigns. In this new article, with Tyrone Jervier,…Read more The effects of public sector austerity on voter outreach

Jeremy Corbyn: where does his ‘success’ stand in Labour’s long history

Jeremy Corbyn summarised many with his party's result in the 2017 UK General Election.  Immediately after the election, I put his result into historical context in a piece for The Conversation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stock has been on a wild ride in the last couple of years. When he was elected leader of the British Labour…Read more Jeremy Corbyn: where does his ‘success’ stand in Labour’s long history