Japanese countryside

In Japan, pork-barrel politics works and wins

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has been returned to power with a surprisingly large majority – again. Their 70 years of near unbroken rule can thank a combination of pork-barrel strategy, rural voters, and the elderly. Is this good for democracy?

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Is Facebook changing democracy?

Facebook is changing its policies to reduce the amount of political news its users see. This will have major impacts globally on political advertising and campaigning, while disenfranchising insurgent campaigns that are opposed to the status quo.

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Three million more Britons will gain the right to vote

The Elections Bill is at committee stage in the House of Commons. It has the potential to have major impacts on voter numbers and the characteristics of the UK electorate, giving 3 million British citizens overseas the right to vote for life. What impact will this have on democracy and the Electoral Commission?

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Why Facebook advertising should be part of your local campaigning

I am sure many of us have sat in association meetings and been told at least once that we don’t need traditional literature anymore and “everything can be done via social media”. In truth, all forms of media provide a way of communicating with the electorate and all have value if used sensibly at the right time. Social media is no different. So, what is the best way to use it?

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