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Archive of posts published in the tag: political parties

How party members and supporters see themselves and their parties

Last year, I mentioned the new ESRC-funded project to research political party members and their beliefs. There’s now some interesting data from it available on the LSE politics blog. This data is looking at how party members and strong supporters place themselves on…

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…

Could the Labour Party split?

British political parties are very resilient and flexible institutions. Since the modern party system came into being after 1945 there’s only been one permanent major split in a party, when the SDP separated from Labour in 1981. People – and that includes me…

2015 General Election Day 14: Not making any dramatic commitments

A late post today because I’ve been out for most of it (in London seeing The Commitments, if you want to know) so perhaps not been given the election my full and undivided attention. We’ll start with today’s dip into Election Leaflets which…

Unlikely political returns: The Whig Party

We hear little talk of Whiggery nowadays, and outside of the strange world of Daniel Hannan there are few calls for it to return. But, such practical concerns should never deter a truly idealistic politician which may help to explain why we appear…

Should we have more interim leaders in British politics?

After my ‘what if Nick Clegg loses his seat?‘ post the other day, I was thinking more about the various party leaderships after the election, given that regardless of how well they do in their constituencies, at least one of Cameron, Clegg and…

The Greens, Citizens Income and how journalists still don’t understand how political parties work

After it flared up into media prominence over the last week, the Telegraph today eagerly covered the news that the Green Party won’t be including Citizens Income as a policy in their General Election manifesto. However, there seems to be a problem with…

The One True Party needs no others, and it should pay no heed to reality

Back in October, I covered some of the madness of one of Labour’s ‘we are the One True Party and none shall stand in our way’ true believers, and as a blog written by someone outside the Labour Party could never change his…

Worth Reading 153: Sum of the individual cubes

My name is Emerson, Steve Emerson – Fox News’s branding of Birmingham as city where non-Muslims don’t go wasn’t an accident, but part of a wider skein of the ‘anti-terrorist’ movement. Why Britain Doesn’t Need A ‘UKIP Of The Left’ – I’ve been…

The Greens and policy-making within parties

There’s a certain inevitability in the fact that the day after the Greens break through 10% in a poll, a ‘look at all these wacky Green policies’ article appears in the Telegraph. Those of us with long memories will remember similar articles appearing…