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?
Politics is so often about the ‘what ifs’: What if President Trump had died of Covid-19, what if the UK had introduced a new voting system, or what if Corbyn had resigned in 2017? Such questions are answered in this acclaimed book which our Head of Research Sophia has reviewed.
Germans like political stability and not straying far from the path of pragmatism and moderation. Olaf Scholz represented a change but also Merkel-ist continuity – is this the new norm for Germany?
Some people always vote. Some people never vote. Most people sometimes vote. Why does this matter?
Canada’s election campaign was creative and bent previous norms. Yet Parliament will return largely unchanged. Why did Canadians not waver and choose parties with bold agendas – apathy, or a desire for stability?
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?
London has witnessed a dramatic fortnight with the return of Extinction Rebellion. The movement has once again divided opinion, and made itself heard, but more importantly are they bringing campaigning into a new era?
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?
QR codes have been a quirky addition to marketing campaigns for some time, but with near ubiquitous smartphone use, especially amongst those hardest to canvas by traditional methods, they are a tool all campaigns should be using to maximise data capture.