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Turn out predicted to hit record low

The next set of elections in the UK will be to select the new Police Commissioners. The notion of elected police commissioners was a central part of the Conservative manifesto in 2010. With turnout predicted to hit a new low of 18% questions are being raised about the legitimacy of the protest. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9483006/Turnout-of-18-predicted-for-police-commissioner-election-shambles.html The Electoral … Continue reading

Lobbying and Campaign Finance

A good piece from the Guardian on campaign finance. While it is focused on the UK (and particularly the Green lobbyists) it makes some interesting comparissons to the US system. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/20/who-funds-thinktank-lobbyists  

The Politics of Protest- on both sides of the Atlantic

Left Foot Forward have an interesting post looking at the nature of protests against government austerity and economic hardship in both the USA and the UK. This piece http://www.leftfootforward.org/2012/01/the-new-politics-of-protest/ is littered with excellent examples of the Pressure Group topic in Unit 1 and its counterpart in Unit 3. It also examines the nature of pluralism and … Continue reading

An exciting year for reform buffs

The Electoral Reform Society (in itself a good example of a pressure group, which is used to provide expert information for government e.g. to the Commission looking into reforming the Lords) blog has provided a great run through of all the elements of constitutional and electoral change we can expect during 2012- it runs through … Continue reading