Call for Papers: The Legacy of Trump and Trumpism

The Trump presidency has been one of the most eventful and controversial in American history, with consequences for the governance and policy of the United States and beyond.   His time in office saw claims that the democratic norms were being undermined, the spread of Covid-19, and a changed approach in US foreign policy.  He was…Read more Call for Papers: The Legacy of Trump and Trumpism

When is it democratic to postpone an election?

When is it democratic to postpone an election? Surprisingly, there is very little political science/legal literature on this question. Sead Alihodzic of International IDEA and I provide an answer to this question in the Election Law Journal, and introduce a new typology of different types of postponement. Download it free, here: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/elj.2020.0642. And here is…Read more When is it democratic to postpone an election?

Adapting elections to COVID-19: five key questions for decision makers

The global spread of COVID-19 has already profoundly impacted the health and welfare of citizens around the world. Decisions being made about how elections are run during the pandemic will have a further profound effect, shaping the health of democracy in the future. Read my blog with International IDEA about some key questions that policy…Read more Adapting elections to COVID-19: five key questions for decision makers

Is it time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK?

Automatic electoral registration (AER) has been proposed as policy to increase the number of people on the electoral register in the UK. The perception that automatic registration could significantly boost participation in democracy has led to cross party support including support by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in its 2014 report on voter engagement,…Read more Is it time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK?

Should elections be postponed because of coronavirus?

The global spread of Covid-19 has profoundly impacted the health and welfare of citizens around the world. It has also had a profound effect on elections, with at least 47 countries postponing forthcoming contests. With colleagues at International IDEA, I've written some recent pieces on whether elections should be postponed or whether elections can be…Read more Should elections be postponed because of coronavirus?

Under Pressure: the UK’s Electoral Machinery in the Brexit Referendum

The Brexit referendum was conducted on a stormy day, with heavy downpours of rain across much of the UK. Dark clouds were also circulating over the infrastructure and staff that run elections in the UK, however, as Alistair Clark and I show in a new article in Local Government Studies. We draw from original data…Read more Under Pressure: the UK’s Electoral Machinery in the Brexit Referendum