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A Contracorriente     Open Access  
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access  
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 142)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Africa Conflict Monitor     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa Insight     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Africa Institute Occasional Paper     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 5)
Africa Review : Journal of the African Studies Association of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Africa Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
African East-Asian Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
African Journal of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
African Yearbook of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Africanus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Afrique contemporaine : La revue de l'Afrique et du développement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Agenda Política     Open Access  
Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Agrarian South : Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
American Foreign Policy Interests: The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
American Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 250)
American Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 208)
American Political Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
American Politics Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
American Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Anacronismo e Irrupción     Open Access  
Analecta política     Open Access  
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Annales UMCS, Politologia     Open Access  
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
Annual Review of Political Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 130)
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asia Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Asia-Pacific Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Asian Affairs: An American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Asian Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
AUDEM : The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Journal of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Australian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Austrian Journal of Political Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Balcanica Posnaniensia Acta et studia     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of European Studies     Open Access  
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access  
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Beleid en Maatschappij     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BMC International Health and Human Rights     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Brazilian Political Science Review     Open Access  
Brésil(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
British Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 142)
British Journal of Politics and International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
British Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 48)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos de Estudos Sociais e Políticos     Open Access  
CADUS - Revista de Estudos de Política, História e Cultura     Open Access  
Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers de Sciences politiques de l'ULg     Open Access  
California Journal of Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cambridge Review of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Central and Eastern European Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Central Asian Affairs     Hybrid Journal  
Central Banking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
China Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
China Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
China Review International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Chinese Journal of Global Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Commonwealth & Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Comparative Political Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 138)
Comparative Politics (Russia)     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Comparative Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Conferences on New Political Economy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Confines     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Full-text available via subscription  
Conflict Management and Peace Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 353)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
CQ Weekly     Full-text available via subscription  
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Democrazia e diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Demokratie und Geschichte     Hybrid Journal  
Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Der Donauraum     Hybrid Journal  
Der Staat     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
East European Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Economia Politica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Ecopolítica     Open Access  
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
El Cotidiano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Em Pauta : Teoria Social e Realidade Contemporânea     Open Access  
Encuentro     Open Access  
Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Equal Opportunities International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Espacios Públicos     Open Access  
Estudios Políticos     Open Access  
Estudios Políticos     Open Access  
Estudos Avançados     Open Access  
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Ethics & Global Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal  
Éthique publique     Open Access  
Études internationales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Europe's World     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Integration Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
European Journal of American Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Government and Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
European Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
European Journal of Political Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)

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Journal Cover British Politics
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   ISSN (Print) 1746-918X - ISSN (Online) 1746-9198
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  • Avoiding the subject? Gender gaps in interpersonal political conflict
           avoidance and its consequences for political engagement
    • Authors: Hilde Coffé; Catherine Bolzendahl
      Pages: 135 - 156
      Abstract: Conflict is inherent to democratic politics, and citizens are regularly confronted with polarizing and conflicting viewpoints. Given this, surprisingly little research has systematically explored attitudes towards political conflict, and gender cleavages therein. Yet, women are known to generally engage less in politics, and a tendency to be more likely to avoid interpersonal political conflict than men may be an important barrier for women to get actively involved in politics. Therefore, using the 2011 British Democratic Disconnect and Political Participation Survey, we test whether a gender difference in political conflict avoidance exists, and how this matters for gender gaps in political engagement. We confirm that among our British sample, women feel less comfortable with interpersonal political conflict than men, even when controlling for political interest and efficacy. Furthermore, we find that political conflict avoidance is negatively related to participation in general and – to a lesser extent – to partisan-oriented political activities, independent of political interest and efficacy. In combination with political interest and efficacy, political conflict avoidance also helps to explain the gender gap in political engagement.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2016.9
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Patterns of democracy: Coalition governance and majoritarian modification
           in the United Kingdom, 2010–2015
    • Authors: Felicity Matthews; Matthew Flinders
      Pages: 157 - 182
      Abstract: The UK is often regarded as the archetype of Westminster democracy and as the empirical antithesis of the power-sharing coalitions of Western Europe. Yet, in recent years a different account has emerged which focuses on the subtler institutional dynamics that limit the executive. It is to this body of scholarship that this article responds, locating the recent chapter of coalition government within the wider context of the UK’s democratic evolution. To do so, the article draws on Lijphart’s two-dimensional typology of democracies, developing a refined framework that enables systematic comparison over time. The article demonstrates that over the course of the 2010–2015 Parliament, the UK underwent another period of majoritarian modification, driven by factors including the long-term influence of the constitutional forces unleashed under Labour and the short-term impact of coalition management. The article makes several important contributions, salient in the UK and beyond. Theoretically, it offers a critical rejoinder to debates regarding the relationship between institutional design and democratic performance. Methodologically, it demonstrates that the tools of large-scale comparison can be effectively scaled down to facilitate within-case analysis. Empirically, it provides a series of conclusions regarding the tenability of the UK’s extant democratic architecture under the weight of pressures to which it continues to be subject.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-016-0041-5
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Rating the debates: The 2010 UK party leaders’ debates and political
           communication in the deliberative system
    • Authors: Stewart Davidson; Stephen Elstub; Robert Johns; Alastair Stark
      Pages: 183 - 208
      Abstract: Leader debates have become a pre-eminent means of campaign communication in numerous countries and were introduced in the UK relatively recently. However, the quality of such communication is, to put it mildly, open to question. This article uses the discourse quality index (DQI) to assess the deliberative quality of the 2010 UK party leaders’ debates. When scrutinized in isolation, and viewed through the full prism of the DQI categories, the quality of discourse evidenced in the debates is a relatively poor reflection of mainstream idealizations of democratic deliberation. However, when the analysis is rehoused within the wider project of constructing a deliberative system in the UK, and is given a comparative institutional dimension, the epistemic value of the debates is revealed. The relatively high level of justification employed by the party leaders suggests that the debates are a valuable means for the mass communication of reasoned defenses of manifesto pledges to the public sphere, and that they are likely to have a significant educative effect. Moreover, we argue that sequencing such debates with representative deliberative fora will force elites to improve the deliberative quality of their communication and enhance the reflective capacity of the viewing public.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-016-0021-9
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Depoliticisation and the politics of imperialism
    • Authors: Alex Sutton
      Pages: 209 - 230
      Abstract: Approaches to depoliticisation have tended to focus on its use as a domestic strategy. Where the literature tends to be lacking is in consideration of its international role. This article examines the way in which imperialist policies have been depoliticized through technically managed or apparently economic institutions. It explores the way in which British imperial strategy was depoliticised by the use of the Sterling Area, analysing an episode in British-Malayan relations in which the apolitical character of the Sterling Area was brought into question.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-016-0024-6
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Rhetorical style and issue emphasis within the conference speeches of
           UKIP’s Nigel Farage 2010–2014
    • Authors: Andrew Crines; Tim Heppell
      Pages: 231 - 249
      Abstract: This article makes a distinctive contribution to the academic literature on the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) by focusing in on the political rhetoric of Nigel Farage in relation to his Conference speeches. Our first research question asks how his Conference speeches are constructed and delivered and identifies what rhetorical techniques are deployed to maximise their impact. In methodological terms we address this question through rhetorical political analysis. Our second research question examines the extent to which his Conference speeches are changing. We ask whether there is evidence that Farage is broadening the range of issue appeals within his rhetoric (as one would expect if UKIP were making the transition from an anti-establishment to a mainstream party). Our method for this involves the use of N-Vivo – a computer coding programme that quantifies which policies and issues are being used within speeches. Overall we argue that his speeches rely on hyperbole and evoking fear via the use of opposites, and that his rhetorical appeals remain narrowly defined around issues of identity.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2016.2
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Choosing party leaders: Anglophone democracies, British parties and the
           limits of comparative politics
    • Authors: Andrew Denham
      Pages: 250 - 266
      Abstract: Since 1965, Britain’s major political parties have radically, and repeatedly, changed the ways in which they choose their leaders. Building on Cross and Blais’ (Party Politics 18(2): 127–150, 2012a) recent comparative study of party leadership selection in the five principal Anglophone (‘Westminster’) parliamentary democracies, this article first outlines a theoretical framework that purports to explain why the major parties in three of those countries, including Britain, have adopted such reform. It then examines why five major British parties have done so since 1965. It argues that, while Cross and Blais’ study makes a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of processes of party leadership selection reform in Anglophone parliamentary democracies, it has limited explanatory power when applied to changes enacted by the major parties in modern and contemporary Britain. Instead, the adoption of such reform in the British context is ultimately best understood and explained by examining both the internal politics and external circumstances of individual parties.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-016-0022-8
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • The politics of parliamentary procedure: An analysis of Queen’s Speech
           debates in the House of Commons
    • Authors: Alexandra Kelso
      Pages: 267 - 288
      Abstract: In the UK Parliament, the State Opening and accompanying Queen’s Speech enable governments to set out their legislative plans and delineate their policy choices at the start of each parliamentary session. This article explores the procedural politics of the Queen’s Speech debates, and analyses atypical cases to demonstrate the institutional, constitutional and political utility of the process. It examines the defeated King’s Speech of 1924; the backbench dissent of the 1946 King’s Speech; the volatile Labour Queen’s Speeches of the 1970s; and finally the free vote on a government backbench amendment to the 2013 Queen’s Speech. In demonstrating the political use of parliamentary procedure, it maps a number of different modes of procedural utility for Queen’s Speech debates: to facilitate government; to frame policy debates; to contest policy choices; and to articulate both inter- and intra-party dissent. The article argues that, as a consequence of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011, Queen’s Speech debate procedures may become an increasingly important mechanism through which normally marginalised actors pursue their political goals.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2015.49
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice
    • Authors: Richard Wallis
      Pages: 289 - 290
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2016.10
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • The 2011 Libyan uprisings and the struggle for the post-Qadhafi future
    • Authors: Ramazan Erdağ
      Pages: 291 - 292
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2015.29
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Against the grain: The British far left from 1956
    • Authors: David Convery
      Pages: 293 - 294
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/bp.2015.30
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 2 (2017)
  • Editorial 12/1
    • Authors: Steven Kettell; Peter Kerr
      Pages: 1 - 1
      PubDate: 2017-04-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0048-6
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2017)
  • Anti-politics: beyond supply-side versus demand-side explanations
    • Authors: Emma Vines; David Marsh
      Abstract: In the light of BREXIT and the election of Trump there has unsurprisingly been even greater interest in the rise in ‘anti-politics’. We recognise anti-politics as an important, although not new, problem. The extant literature emphasise either demand-side or supply-side explanations of the phenomena. In contrast, we argue that this involves a mis-specification of the problem, which neglects the interaction between the demand-side and the supply-side and, thus, leads to underdeveloped putative ‘solutions’. Consequently, this article is structured around four questions that are at the core of any full discussion of anti-politics: What is ‘anti-politics’ and what are its consequences' Is it new' To the extent that it has increased, what are the causes of that increase' and What can be done about it' The empirical evidence we consider is drawn from the British case, both because much work has come out of the UK, and, relatedly, the problem appears especially acute there.
      PubDate: 2017-07-17
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0053-9
  • One Nation, disconnected party: The evocation of One Nation aimed to unite
           the nation, instead it highlighted the Labour party’s divisions
    • Authors: Dimitri Batrouni
      Abstract: This paper explores Ed Miliband’s evocation of One Nation in his 2012 Labour party conference speech. It first surveys the views of members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and key advisors to Miliband on One Nation, with a focus on the debates surrounding its purpose and substance. What becomes clear is the amount of confusion amongst backbenchers and shadow cabinet members of the PLP regarding its purpose. Second, the paper explains the respective, and drastically different, positions of the Policy Review team and Ed Miliband and his leadership team over the purpose of One Nation. Third, this paper highlights that there was a fundamental disconnection between the two principal centres of policymaking under the tenure of Ed Miliband’s leadership and that this ultimately undermined One Nation by allowing Ed Miliband quietly to drop it for a ‘cost of living’ narrative. It concludes that the evocation of One Nation was a missed opportunity for the Labour party, which subsequently allowed the Conservatives to reclaim that territory.
      PubDate: 2017-07-14
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0054-8
  • The influence of legislators’ endorsements in party leadership
    • Authors: Chris Hanretty
      Abstract: In the 2010 election for the post of leader of the British Labour party, almost all members of parliament endorsed one of five leadership candidates. I investigate the effect of these endorsements on the votes cast for candidates in each Westminster constituency. I find that an MP’s endorsement caused an average increase of 7.5 percentage points in the vote share of the endorsed candidate in that MP’s constituency.
      PubDate: 2017-07-05
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0056-6
  • The lost world of the British Labour Party' Community, infiltration
           and disunity
    • Authors: Jake Watts
      Abstract: Drawing on Benedict Anderson’s notion of the ‘imagined community’, this article examines the evolution of the British Labour Party’s sense of self as an organisation. Accordingly, the analysis interrogates the interrelated elements of history, culture, identity and party structure. It is argued that Labour has moved substantially from the collective class-based notions it once used to define its politics and effectively demarcate its boundaries. In place of these, an increasing focus has been placed on giving the party’s political practices an outward-looking, diverse and more individualistic focus. Consequently, Labour’s difficulties during the leadership election of 2015 and since are rooted in the combination of this prolonged push to build a new movement beyond its traditional borders and the persistence of historically grounded tribal concerns about the vulnerability of the party to infiltration.
      PubDate: 2017-07-05
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0057-5
  • Enlightening British politics: a tribute to Anthony King
    • Authors: Nicholas Allen
      Abstract: Anthony King, latterly Essex County Council Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex, died in January 2017 after a short illness. This article pays tribute to his work and reflects on his contribution to both the study of British politics and the British study of politics.
      PubDate: 2017-06-28
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0055-7
  • A re-dividing nation? A newly polarised electoral geography of Great
    • Authors: Ron Johnston; Charles Pattie; David Rossiter
      Abstract: One feature of the result of the 2015 British general election was the reduction, to a level lower than at any time since 1945, in the number of marginal constituencies. This paper shows that the main reason for this was the change in the level and pattern of support then for the country’s smaller parties, compared to the previous election in 2010. Although support for the two largest parties—Conservative and Labour—changed very little, the 2015 result nevertheless meant that each had fewer marginal seats to defend and more safe seats where its continued incumbency was virtually assured. After the 2015 election, Labour’s chances of becoming the largest, let alone the majority, party in the House of Commons were slight unless it achieves a swing of some six percentage points.
      PubDate: 2017-05-02
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0052-x
  • The Changing British Policy Style: From Governance to Government?
    • Authors: Jeremy Richardson
      Abstract: There is a long-standing debate in British political science concerning how best to characterise the British policy process. One school emphasises ‘strong government’ under the adversarial/hierarchical ‘Westminster model’, leading to an impositional policy style. An opposing school emphasises the importance of bargaining and consensus, leading to a more consensual policy style via a process of power sharing between government and interest groups, so-called governance. This article highlights several trends that suggest that the British policy style has shifted towards the impositional end of the policy style spectrum, bringing it more in line with the traditional Westminster model of governing. At the same time, however, these changes might increase the number of policy blunders and failures in British Government unless means are found to access and manage the specialist expertise that interest group possess.
      PubDate: 2017-05-02
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0051-y
  • Understanding the opposition of peers to an elected House of Lords through
           Hirschman’s Rhetoric of Reaction
    • Authors: Richard Reid
      Abstract: There is yet to be a comprehensive and systematic study of the views of peers on reform of the House of Lords. This article provides the first such study based on a powerful dataset of interviews with 77 peers during the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government. Albert Hirschman’s typology of reactionary rhetoric is applied to the key themes emerging from the interviews. This article demonstrates that the opposition of peers can be understood as being based on the arguments of perversity, futility and jeopardy. In addition, an important strand of opposition to reform can be characterised as temporality. A systematic understanding of the views of those peers who oppose reform could potentially enable the formulation of more successful proposals for wholesale change than those set out by the Coalition.
      PubDate: 2017-04-10
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0050-z
  • Reassessing Britain’s ‘Post-war consensus’: the politics
           of reason 1945–1979
    • Authors: Dean Blackburn
      Abstract: Since the late-1970s, scholars have been engaged in a vibrant debate about the nature of post-war British politics. While some writers have suggested that the three decades that succeeded the Second World War witnessed a bi-partisan consensus on key policy questions, others have argued that it was conflict, not agreement, that marked the period. This article offers a novel contribution to this controversy by drawing attention to the epistemological beliefs of the Labour and Conservative parties. It argues that once these beliefs are considered, it becomes possible to reconcile some of the competing claims made by proponents and critics of the ‘post-war consensus’ thesis. Labour and Conservative leaders may have been wedded to different beliefs, but they also shared a common enthusiasm for empiricist reasoning and were both reluctant to identify fixed political ‘ends’ that they sought to realise. Consequently, they were both committed to evolutionary forms of change, and they eschewed the notion that any social or political arrangement was of universal value.
      PubDate: 2017-04-03
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0049-5
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