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Postal voting and electoral fraud


Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 26 April 2011 Malpractice accusations are now almost part of the UK’s election calendar. Every Spring, in the week or so before local elections, and just after the dispatch...

Are public school boys still running Britain?


Stephen Crone: an edited version of this post was first published on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog on 11 March 2011 When it was broadcast in January, Andrew Neil’s documentary, Pos...

What’s happening to our democracy?


Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 28 February 2011 Our fourth Audit of UK democracy, due for publication later this year, deploys International IDEA’s 'State of Democracy’ assessment framework and is buil...

Votes for prisoners: Still a reform too far?


Raminder Samrai 15 September 2010 Cross-posted from Our Kingdom, As the party conference season approaches, political observers will be paying close attention to potential fault-lines ...

Reduce and equalise? Why electoral geography matters


Stuart Wilks-Heeg 9th July 2010    Cross-posted from LSE   Whether or not we end up voting under a different electoral system at the 2015 General Election, it looks almo...

Localism: the new politics of old


Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 1 July 2009   Cross-posted from OurKingdom   The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a remarkable pamphlet to coincide with its annual conference, ...

Do the public really want to change ‘the system'?


Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 19 June 2009 Cross-posted from OurKingdom  A poll commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and reported in today's Guardian indicates that 75 per cent of...

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