International financial austerity has had dramatic consequences for political leaders around the world, in and out of office. For many it has undermined their political capital as they campaign for (re)election with public deficits and stagnant economies. The University of East Anglia is hosting the annual PSA Workshop on Political Leadership on 17 January 2014…Read more UEA to host political leadership and statecraft workshop
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The government is planning to introduce individual electoral registration (IER) in June 2014. A new report and data released from the Electoral Commission suggests its implementation still poses a risk for British democracy.My earlier research on the likely effects of IER suggested that this would:improve confidence in elections, butresult in a considerable decline in levels of…Read more Dangers remain with electoral registration changes: Norwich and Cambridge could be amongst the most affected areas
There was bad news for British democracy on Wednesday. The new system of electoral registration being introduced in Britain next year hit a set-back.Soon, every citizen in Britain will need to register individually and provide key personal identifiers in order to register. When this was introduced in Northern Ireland there was a significant decline in…Read more Electoral registration changes hit a set-back: A new way forward
I have been writing and blogging about the individual electoral registration a lot over the past few two years or so. The legislation has now been passed and we edge nearer and nearer to it becoming a reality.The Democratic Audit have published the latest of my blogs today, which considers the implementation stages of the…Read more Individual electoral registration: a car crash on the horizon for British democracy?
Examples of errors and incompetence in the organisation of elections can now be readily found in many democracies around the world. Consider:In the UK 2010 general election, a number of polling stations run out of ballot papers or had queues which meant that citizens were unable to cast their vote.A recent report on the running…Read more Why are failures of electoral management everywhere?
Voting rights rally in New York, 2011The US Supreme Court could today set in motion the process of striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This rules that jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination need to get permission from the federal government before enacting changes to voting procedures. It was…Read more US Supreme Court to further ignite the politics of election administration?