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A Contracorriente     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Acciones e Investigaciones Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 186)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africa Conflict Monitor     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africa Insight     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Africa Institute Occasional Paper     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa Intelligence     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 6)
Africa Report     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Africa Review : Journal of the African Studies Association of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Africa Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African East-Asian Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Journal of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
African Yearbook of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africanus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Afrika Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Afrique contemporaine : La revue de l'Afrique et du développement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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: 2)
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademik Yaklaşımlar Dergisi     Open Access  
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
American Enterprise Institute     Free   (Followers: 2)
American Foreign Policy Interests: The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 343)
American Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 291)
American Political Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
American Politics Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
American Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Anacronismo e Irrupción     Open Access  
Anais de Constitucionalismo, Transnacionalidade e Sustentabilidade     Open Access  
Analecta política     Open Access  
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Analisis Politico     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access  
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Annuaire suisse de politique de développement     Open Access  
Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 40)
Annual Review of Political Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 183)
Anuario Latinoamericano : Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales     Open Access  
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Armed Conflict Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asia Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Asia-Pacific Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Asian Affairs: An American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Asian Journal of German and European Studies     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Asian Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
AUDEM : The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
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: 17)
Austrian Journal of Political Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balcanica Posnaniensia Acta et studia     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of European Studies     Open Access  
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Beleid en Maatschappij     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BMC International Health and Human Rights     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Brazilian Political Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brésil(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
British Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 191)
British Journal of Politics and International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
British Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 56)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal  
Cadernos de Estudos Sociais e Políticos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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  
Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cambridge Review of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Çanakkale Araştırmaları Türk Yıllığı     Open Access  
Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Central and Eastern European Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Central Asian Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Central Banking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
China Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
China Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
China Review International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Chinese Journal of Global Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
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: 16)
Commonwealth & Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Comparative Political Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 193)
Comparative Politics (Russia)     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Comparative Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Complexity, Governance & Networks     Open Access  
Conferences on New Political Economy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Confines     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Conflict Management and Peace Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 384)
Conflicto Social     Open Access  
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conhecer : Debate entre o Público e o Privado     Open Access  
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
CosmoGov : Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan     Open Access  
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Cuadernos de Coyuntura     Open Access  
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Democrazia e diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Demokratie und Geschichte     Hybrid Journal  
Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Der Donauraum     Hybrid Journal  
Der Staat     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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: 9)
Ekonomi, İşletme, Siyaset ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Dergisi     Open Access  

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British Politics
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.519
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 13  
 
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ISSN (Print) 1746-918X - ISSN (Online) 1746-9198
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2352 journals]
  • The UK government’s imaginative use of evidence to make policy
    • Authors: Paul Cairney
      Pages: 1 - 22
      Abstract: It is easy to show that the UK Government rarely conducts ‘evidence-based policymaking’, but not to describe a politically feasible use of evidence in Westminster politics. Rather, we need to understand developments from a policymaker’s perspective before we can offer advice to which they will pay attention. ‘Policy-based evidence’ (PBE) is a dramatic political slogan, not a way to promote pragmatic discussion. We need to do more than declare PBE if we seek to influence the relationship between evidence and policymaking. To produce more meaningful categories we need clearer criteria which take into account the need to combine evidence, values, and political judgement. To that end, I synthesise policy theories to identify the limits to the use of evidence in policy, and case studies of ‘families policies’ to show how governments use evidence politically.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0068-2
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Rebels Leading London: the mayoralties of Ken Livingstone and Boris
           Johnson compared
    • Authors: Ben Worthy; Mark Bennister; Max W. Stafford
      Pages: 23 - 43
      Abstract: This article compares the mayoralties of the first two directly elected Mayors of London, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. The position offers a commanding electoral platform, but few direct powers to lead a city widely regarded as ‘ungovernable’ (Travers 2004). The two mayors had some obvious points of comparison: both were party rebels, mavericks and skilled media operators. Both also used publicity to make up for weak powers, but courted controversy and faced charges of corruption and cronyism. Utilising Hambleton and Sweeting (2004), this article compares their mayoralties in terms of vision, leadership style and policies. Livingstone had a powerful vision that translated into clear policy aims, while Johnson's time as Mayor was more cautious, shaped by a desire for higher office. In terms of style, Livingstone built coalitions but proved divisive, whereas Johnson retained remarkable levels of popularity. Where Livingstone bought experience and skill, Johnson delegated. In policy terms, the two Mayors found themselves pushed by their institutional powers towards transport and planning while struggling with deeper issues such as housing. Livingstone introduced the radical congestion charge and a series of symbolic policies. Johnson was far more modest, championing cycling, the 2012 Olympics and avoiding difficult decisions. The two used their office to negotiate, but also challenge, central government. Livingstone’s rebel mayoralty was a platform for personalised change, but Johnson’s one was for personal ambition.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0069-1
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • The Conservative Party’s leadership election of 2016: choosing a
           leader in government
    • Authors: Thomas Quinn
      Pages: 63 - 85
      Abstract: This paper examines the British Conservative Party’s leadership election of 2016, held in the aftermath of the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. The paper analyses the contest using Stark’s theoretical framework, which assumes that leaders are chosen according to a hierarchy of criteria: acceptability, electability and competence, in that order. The eventual victor, Theresa May, was indeed the strongest candidate on all three criteria. However, electability appeared subordinate to competence during the contest. Electability is usually regarded as more basic than competence because parties must first win elections before they can start governing. However, governing parties are already in office and new leaders chosen mid-term must begin governing immediately. Current competence in office may be a prerequisite for future electability. The paper reviews other post-war leadership elections in Britain and finds that competence normally superseded electability as a selection criterion in governing parties. This finding implies a modification of Stark’s framework.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0071-2
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • The Labour governments 1974–1979: social democracy abandoned'
    • Authors: Max Crook
      Pages: 86 - 105
      Abstract: The driving forces behind the decline of the social democratic postwar consensus in Great Britain is much debated. One prominent school of thought, particularly common in Marxist studies, focuses on the structural changes in the global economy that occurred in the 1970s, specifically the collapse of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates, the end of the long boom, and the emergence of a second age of globalization. Those following a structural approach have found support for their position in the claim that it was the 1974–1979 Labour governments rather than the more ideologically committed 1979–1997 Conservative governments that first responded to the changing global economy by abandoning the social democratic postwar consensus. In this article, I set out to challenge this approach by arguing that the Labour government did not fundamentally abandon the social democratic postwar consensus, and that such an abandonment was highly undesirable given the political make-up of the Labour Party and its reliance on trade union support.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0073-0
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Deep religion: policy as faith in Kinnock’s Labour Party
    • Authors: Karl Pike
      Pages: 106 - 120
      Abstract: Shorn of a coherent theoretical basis for the party’s socialism, some of the Labour Party’s policies become emblematic of the party’s worldview. While Labour’s commitment to public ownership has long been considered in this way, comprehension of how the party’s ‘nostalgia’ or ‘traditions’ affect the party’s trajectory could be aided by a better understanding of why certain policies become so deeply rooted. This article contributes to the existing literature on this topic in two ways. First, in expanding upon Henry Drucker’s concept of ethos, it seeks to establish a framework for understanding why some policies become tantamount to faith in the Labour Party. Second, using this frame, it analyses how Kinnock successfully changed a symbolic policy, working within and through Labour’s ethos. This article explores policy characteristics that combine to make a policy emblematic of Labour’s ideology: a strong socialist heritage; a stark contrast with the Conservative opposition; an adhesive quality which can bind Labour people together and relevance to internal factionalism. As the current Labour leadership consolidates its power, this article also suggests that, while long-dormant, policies such as unilateralism retain their potency and may once again form a part of Labour’s platform.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-0074-z
      Issue No: Vol. 14, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • ‘Lordy Me!’ Can donations buy you a British peerage' A study in
           the link between party political funding and peerage nominations,
           2005–2014
    • Abstract: Trust in political institutions has declined across developed democracies. One of the main reasons cited for this lack of trust has been the role of money in politics, while standing up to ‘big money’ has been a common rallying cry of populists of both left- and right-wing variants. Political scientists have tried to examine the role of big money in two main steps: firstly, by showing that money can buy access to legislators; and, secondly, that legislators are thereby more responsive to the wishes of donors when writing and voting on laws. Researchers have used experiments and other techniques to show that Congressional staffs are more responsive to requests from donors compared to others and have also shown aggregate trends in responsiveness to the preferences of the wealthier. In this paper we try and go one step further: to show that donors can become legislators. We do this by looking at the example of the House of Lords. Compiling an original dataset of large donations and nominations for peerages, the authors show that, when the ‘usual suspects’ for a position, like former MPs and party workers, are accounted for, donations seem to play an outsize role in accounting for the remaining peers.
      PubDate: 2019-03-14
       
  • The politics of heroes through the prism of popular heroism
    • Abstract: In modern day Britain, the discourse of national heroification is routinely utilised by politicians, educationalists and cultural industry professionals, whilst also being a popular concept to describe deserving ‘do-gooders’ who contribute to British society in a myriad of ways. We argue that although this heroification discourse is enacted as a discursive device of encouraging politically and morally desirable behaviour, it is dissociated from the largely under-explored facets of contemporary popular heroism. To compensate for this gap, this paper explores public preferences for heroes using survey data representative of British adults. This analysis demonstrates a conceptual stretching in the understanding of heroism, and allows identifying age- and gender-linked dynamics which effect public choices of heroes. In particular, we demonstrate that age above all determines the preference for having a hero, but does not explain preferences for specific hero-types. The focus on gender illustrates that the landscape of popular heroism reproduces a male-dominated bias which exists in the wider political and cultural heroification discourse. Simultaneously, our study shows that if national heroification discourse in Britain remains male-centric, the landscape of popular heroism is characterised by a gendered trend towards privatisation of heroes being particularly prominent amongst women. In the conclusion, this paper argues for a conceptual revision and re-gendering of the national heroification discourse as a step towards both empirically grounded, and age- and gender-sensitive politics of heroes and heroines.
      PubDate: 2019-03-06
       
  • In the name of parliamentary sovereignty: conflict between the UK
           Government and the courts over judicial deference in the case of prisoner
           voting rights
    • Abstract: New archival evidence reveals how UK governments, since the 1970s, have been concerned primarily with domestic courts encroaching on executive powers rather than those of the legislature. Alongside the Human Rights Act 1998, a mechanism of judicial ‘deference’ to Parliament evolved to justify courts deferring to an act of Parliament, or to decisions of the legislature, or executive. As this article argues, failure to clarify which of these three is at play has served as a helpful vehicle for Governments to convey the powerful narrative of courts using human rights frameworks to usurp the democratic powers of Parliament as legislature at times of conflict between the courts and the executive. In the prisoner voting debate, actors thus successfully invoked ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ to generate an emotive narrative that the European Court of Human Rights was usurping the powers of ‘Parliament’ when instead the Court, supported by the UK legal community, was challenging the dangerous precedent set by the UK Divisional Court’s deference, in 2001, to the executive. Interview data demonstrate how the 2011 backbench parliamentary debate to flout Strasbourg’s judgments was largely manufactured to curtail the ECHR mechanism which empowers domestic courts to effectively hold the government to account.
      PubDate: 2019-03-04
       
  • Assessing the parliamentary activities of UK MPs
    • Authors: Osnat Akirav
      Abstract: The goals of this paper are threefold: (1) to investigate whether Akirav’s legislative productivity scale first developed in Israel can be used in the UK; (2) to determine whether it is better to analyze parliamentary activities separately or consider the use of all of the parliamentary tools available; and, (3) to examine Mayhew’s electoral connection in the UK. We define and measure legislative productivity as the number of parliamentary questions asked, early day motions presented, and private members’ bills initiated by individual MPs in the UK parliament. In addition, we assess the effectiveness of their legislative activity by the number of private members’ bills that passed. We found that UK MPs behave in a manner similar to other parliamentarians in other countries with respect to the variation in their use of parliamentary tools and ultimately, their legislative productivity, defined in terms of their activity, and their effectiveness. In addition, in accordance with previous studies, individual differences such as gender and institutional explanations such as being a member of the government or the opposition and seniority explain differences in productivity levels.
      PubDate: 2019-02-27
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-019-00111-w
       
  • Liberalism and critical Marxism: a reply to Glasman and Rutherford
    • Authors: Matt Bolton; Frederick Harry Pitts
      Abstract: In this reply to Maurice Glasman and Jonathan Rutherford’s response to the authors’ earlier critical comparison of Corbynism and Blue Labour, the authors clarify and further develop three core components of the original critique, covering, respectively, (1) identity politics and identity liberalism; (2) agonism and abstraction; and (3) Marxism and liberalism. First, the authors reconceptualise the forms of left identity politics and ‘identity liberalism’ criticised by Glasman and Rutherford as struggles ‘in and against’ identification, the fluidity of which is not found in the forms of national belonging prioritised by Blue Labour. Second, the authors suggest that there is an absence of any notion of mediation in the agonistic mode of politics espoused by Glasman and Rutherford, and that this precludes an accurate conceptualisation of capitalism as a global system of abstract and indirect social domination to which a simple restoration of national or popular sovereignty around issues such as Brexit and immigration poses no solution. Third, the authors clarify the claim that the liberal centre must be pessimistically defended at a time of its crisis, drawing upon the ‘articles of reconciliation’ between Marxism and liberalism proposed in the work of the late Norman Geras.
      PubDate: 2019-02-14
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-019-00108-5
       
  • What is Blue Labour'
    • Authors: Jonathan Rutherford; Maurice Glasman
      Abstract: The essay ‘Corbynism and Blue Labour: post-liberalism and national populism in the British Labour Party’ by Harry Pitts and Matt Bolton sets out to define the flaws in the competing philosophies of Corbynism and Blue Labour, identify their similarities, and dismiss them both in favour of a third undefined philosophical alternative of ‘critical Marxism’. This proposed alternative would be capable of ‘holding the centre’. Our response argues that their criticism is based on a caricature of Blue Labour and that Corbynism is not an identifiable and coherent political philosophy. The hard-left politics of Jeremy Corbyn and his allies bear little relation to the agonistic politics of Blue Labour.
      PubDate: 2019-02-14
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-019-00107-6
       
  • Gender pay gap reporting regulations: advancing gender equality policy in
           tough economic times
    • Authors: Susan Milner
      Abstract: This article sets out to explain why mandatory gender pay gap reporting regulations were introduced in 2016, whereas the two main parties had previously opposed state regulation. Observing the rise in the number of female MPs, it argues that the rise in descriptive representation has enabled substantive representation, but that this does not necessarily explain outcomes. Critical mass is a problematic concept due to difficulties of definition. Rather, the empirical evidence supports the idea that critical actors able to build alliances within the state machinery and beyond it, particularly by working with business influencers, are decisive in exploiting opportunities for change and securing support for it. Feminization of parliament and government also facilitate institutionalization of gender equality actors, although this process remains incomplete and contingent.
      PubDate: 2019-01-09
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00101-4
       
  • What did the coalition government do for women' An analysis of gender
           equality policy agendas in the UK 2010–2015
    • Authors: Anna Sanders; Claire Annesley; Francesca Gains
      Abstract: The UK Coalition era 2010–2015 was characterised as being detrimental to women. However, to date, research has not comprehensively examined the impact on gender equality of the Coalition’s policies in different policy domains. This paper examines policies that were introduced to address gender inequality and policies that had a detrimental impact on gender equality during the five years of Coalition Government. We draw on a typology of gender equality policies which categorises policies as either addressing the class or status basis of gender inequalities and scholarships that demonstrates that the determinants of policy change will vary depending upon which type of policy is brought forward. We find that numerous status-based gender equality policies reached the government agenda as well as some class-based policies. However, this agenda setting activity around gender equality needs to be set against the Coalition’s austerity policies, which removed significant provision for gender equality and set limits on the effectiveness of some new initiatives.
      PubDate: 2019-01-03
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00103-2
       
  • Feminising politics, politicising feminism' Women in post-conflict
           Northern Irish politics
    • Authors: Jennifer Thomson
      Abstract: 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and the establishment of devolved governance in Northern Ireland. Yet, whilst devolution has largely been held to have positive effects in Scotland and Wales with regards to both women’s descriptive and substantive representation, this impact has been less discernible in Northern Ireland. Of the four regions of the United Kingdom, politics in Northern Ireland is arguably the most unfeminised—women have routinely seen lower descriptive representation in the Northern Irish Assembly and policy-making in areas such as reproductive rights lies far behind the rest of the UK. The article explores why politics is so unfeminised in the post-conflict context in Northern Ireland, by looking at efforts to feminise formal politics (especially the various peace/inter-party agreements and attempts to include women in formal politics) and efforts to politicise feminist activism (the work of the women’s sector to influence policy-making in the province). It then explores some of the academic explanations as to why the feminisation of politics remains so difficult in Northern Ireland.
      PubDate: 2019-01-03
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00104-1
       
  • Equalities ‘devolved’: experiences in mainstreaming across the UK
           devolved powers post-Equality Act 2010
    • Authors: Olena Hankivsky; Diego de Merich; Ashlee Christoffersen
      Abstract: In an increasing number of jurisdictions, gender mainstreaming approaches have been supplemented with attention to other equality areas, including race and disability. The UK is among the most advanced countries in mainstreaming ‘equality’, with nine equality areas protected in law and a joined-up equality infrastructure. Among the nations of the UK there are, however, important distinctions in implementation of the law. In this article, we present findings of cross sectoral qualitative research (with academic, public and third sectors) aimed at understanding the progress of equality mainstreaming in the UK some years on from the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, with a specific focus on the devolved administrations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We identify areas of progress as well as barriers to change and proposed solutions for the future.
      PubDate: 2019-01-03
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00102-3
       
  • Anti-politics: beyond supply-side versus demand-side explanations
    • Authors: Emma Vines; David Marsh
      Pages: 433 - 453
      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: 2018-12-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0053-9
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2018)
       
  • The influence of legislators’ endorsements in party leadership
           elections
    • Authors: Chris Hanretty
      Pages: 454 - 466
      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: 2018-12-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0056-6
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2018)
       
  • Devolution Commissions in the shadow of Whitehall: the Smith Commission
           and the creation of a ‘Powerhouse Parliament’
    • Authors: Daniel Kenealy; Richard Parry
      Pages: 484 - 504
      Abstract: In the UK, it has become common for commissions to be convened to recommend changes to the devolved settlements in Scotland and Wales. The most recent of these commissions was the Smith Commission, convened in September 2014 to agree on a new package of powers for the Scottish Parliament. In this article, we investigate the Smith Commission, offering both a first cut history of a pivotal moment in the UK’s constitutional development, and a case study that sheds new light on the workings of such commissions, on the culture and practices of civil servants, and on power dynamics both within Whitehall and between Whitehall and devolved governments. We set down a marker for what we hope will be the further comparative study of such commissions.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0063-7
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2018)
       
  • The further rise of the career politician
    • Authors: Soeren J. Henn
      Pages: 524 - 553
      Abstract: Political careers have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Still, political science research has yet to fully quantify this development. Building on existing literature on career politicians, this study uses a handful of indicators introduced by King (Br J Polit Sci 11(3):249–285, 1981), a new variable (pre-parliamentary occupations), and an original data set compiled by the author. The paper’s contribution to the literature is threefold. Firstly, using the variables introduced by King, it observes that a plateau in the number of career politicians has been reached. Secondly, when looking at the occupational background of politicians, the data show a further rise in career politicians. Thirdly, this development is especially prevalent among cabinet ministers.
      PubDate: 2018-12-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-017-0061-9
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2018)
       
  • England plus' Territory, identity and fiscal devolution in the UK
    • Authors: Mark Sandford; Federico Mor
      Abstract: Few attempts have been made to link the study of recent constitutional and governance changes in the UK with questions of identity and distinction between the UK’s component territories. This article suggests that this is a fruitful way to explore differences in the UK government’s fiscal devolution policy. The article contrasts a traditionally centralist approach to England with a more expansive, innovative approach in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We assemble evidence that neither the aims or the intended outcomes of the policies in the respective areas, nor the exigencies of statecraft, fully account for these differences. This article includes an analysis of the rationales for devolution provided in inception documents for each territory; an analysis of the outcomes of business rate retention in England and an analysis of the difference in handling of implementation challenges in each area. We suggest that exploring deep-laid understanding of UK territory—rarely made explicit in published documents—could serve to fill the gap in explanation. This article contributes to the literature in, and suggests new directions for the study of, devolved and local government’s finance and constitutional development in the UK.
      PubDate: 2018-09-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41293-018-00100-5
       
 
 
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