Are Political Finance Regulations Helping to Combat Party Corruption in Europe and Latin America?

  As has been repeatedly stated, money is the main fuel of politics. Without it political parties cannot function, elections cannot take place, and democracy – at least as we know it – cannot exist. It is for this reason, but not the only one, that most political systems in the world guarantee (at least […]

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Polling Observatory #39: Big two recover as UKIP fall back

This is the thirtyninth in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling […]

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Of Rights Lost and Democracy to Come

In early May of this year the Thai Constitutional Court dismissed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for a single transfer of office that allowed Thaksin Shinawatra’s former brother in law to become the nation’s top cop. Since the 2006 coup that ousted Thaksin from office, Yingluck’s dismissal was the third time courts had removed from office […]

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Lib Dem incumbent MP retirements could cost the party four seats in 2015 before any votes are cast.

Incumbency matters in elections. This is especially true for the Liberal Democrats whose ability to hold on against the national tide is well known. With poll ratings ranging from 8 to just 12%, this tendency to cling on could be more vital than it has been at any election since 1979 if the Liberal Democrats […]

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What is a Proxy War?

  Storming out of Syria and taking control of key cities in a matter of days, the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has shown that Iraq’s stability could be very easily measured on the Richter scale. But state fragility, democratic deficits and measures of success in democracy promotion, are hardly the hot topic. […]

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The Chinese ‘War on Terror’

  In Western media reports, the Western province of Xinjiang is always prefaced with the world “restive”. The region is roughly the same size as Western Europe, with a population of 22 million inhabitants, nine million of whom are members of the Turkic speaking Uighur ethnicity. Xinjiang literally translates as “new borders” and briefly achieved […]

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I’ll go wherever you May Gove

  Michael Gove and Theresa May are not the best of friends at the moment, according to a recent piece in The Guardian. Their falling out over the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ row about alleged extremism in Birmingham schools apparently dates back to disagreements over the (then Labour) government’s ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ strategy launched in the […]

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Retrospective of the #IndiaVotes2014 blogpost series

  With the elections in India over, it’s time to revisit our #IndiaVotes2014 blogpost series organised by Professor Katharine Adeney for Ballots and Bullets and IAPS!   1)      The Continuing Importance of Regional Parties: The View from Tamil Nadu by Andrew Wyatt http://nottspolitics.org/?p=10378 2)      What’s left of the Left? by Indrajit Roy http://nottspolitics.org/?p=10364 3)      Modi-fying India? A […]

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Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee, 1936-2013

New on the Bookshelf: Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee, 1936-2013. This is a documentary history of how intelligence influenced Britain’s policy response to key 20th century events. For more than 50 years, the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) has been central to the secret machinery of the British Government, acting as […]

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One Year On: The Anglo-American Intelligence Relationship through Snowden’s PRISM

  It’s been one year since selected media outlets began publishing Edward Snowden’s stolen intelligence documents. At first glance they present a frightening picture of Anglo-American surveillance; of GCHQ and the NSA aligned to “master the internet” by hoovering up vast quantities of information. It’s almost as if the two intelligence agencies have formed a […]

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