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So Nick, how goes the PhD?

Very well, and thank you for asking, interrogative construct of a title. What? You want some more detail than that? OK then… I’m now about 4 1/2 months into doing a PhD. During that time, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot…

Coming soon: Nick the PhD student

As regular readers of my blog and followers of my life might remember, about a year ago I completed a Masters in Politics at the University of Essex. I’d started the Masters partly on a whim, figuring that it would be good to…

New academic research project on political party members

Here’s an interesting new academic research project: the ESRC Party Members Project. Their description of the project is: By collecting original quantitative and qualitative data, the project explores party membership’s supply side (the members themselves and what they do and think) and its…

Politics with distinction

It seems like ages ago that I finally handed in my dissertation but it’s only been two months. Two months of regularly checking my University email account for notifications while second-guessing everything I wrote in it, until today the maring was done, the…

Qualitative Election Study of Britain

Back during April and May, I did a little bit of work helping Drs Edzia Carvalho and Kristi Winters on their Qualitative Election Study of Britain project, which was looking at people’s perceptions and attitudes towards the election campaign. They’re now publishing some…

Equidistance is good at winning votes, but not seats

I handed in my Masters dissertation a couple of weeks ago, and rather than reproduce the whole thing here, I thought a summarised version of the key arguments would be of more interest than the whole thing. (That some of it would be…

An academic perspective on the Liberal Democrat collapse

In today’s ‘glad I didn’t submit my dissertation yesterday’ news, Nicholas Whyte has drawn my attention to an interesting article from the upcoming Parliamentary Affairs supplement on the General Election. “From Coalition to Catastrophe: The Electoral Meltdown of the Liberal Democrats” is by…

2015 General Election Day 5: Oh message, in volume, oh forget it

Remember ‘on message, in volume, over time‘? There was a bit of a stir a couple of years ago when Liberal Democrats were told that’s what we had to do to ensure that the ‘stronger economy, fairer society’ message was buried into the…

Worth Reading 165: Taxing gamblers

Scotland’s colour revolution? – “It’s belatedly struck me that many features of the Yes campaign, and its post-referendum continuation in the SNP surge, come sharply into focus if you see what’s going on as a colour revolution against Labour Scotland.” Ken MacLeod offers…

The existence of the House of Lords corrupts our democracy, and it needs to go

Thanks to some fine academic work by Andrew Mell, Simon Radford and Seth Alexander Thevoz, we now have what comes as close as possible to proof that there’s a link between donating large amounts of money to political parties and finding yourself with…

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