Nationalist parties face new challenges after the ‘Super Thursday’ elections

18 May 2016 | Elections

The various nationalist parties experienced mixed fortunes in the elections on 5 May, and all are now operating in a different political climate. Dr Kenneth Bunker assesses what challenges lie ahead for the different parties.

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‘Super Thursday’ showed us that British politics has changed for good

17 May 2016 | Elections

May’s elections highlighted the persistence of multi-party politics, the growing distinctiveness of the devolved nations and the diversity of electoral systems. Katie Ghose argues these longer term trends deserve greater attention given the implications they have for the future shape of the UK.

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Improvements in turnout and more partisan voting: PCC Elections 2016

13 May 2016 | Elections

The first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012 are infamous for their abysmally low turnout and the second batch last week thankfully saw some improvement. In this post, Andrew Defty looks at the variation in turnout across the 40 PCC elections to consider the impact of embedding the elections in the electoral cycle, and how this may have resulted in a decline of independent PCCs

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‘Super Thursday’ tells us a lot about voter participation in the UK

10 May 2016 | Elections

Thursday 5 May saw a host of elections happening around the UK, on an unprecedented scale outside of a General Election. Democratic Dashboard's Carl Cullinane looks at what the election campaign tells us about the state of voter participation in the UK.

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Is there hope for electoral reform in the United Kingdom?

05 May 2016 | Elections

With elections across the UK today using a range of alternative electoral systems to First Past The Post, Dr Kenneth Bunker assesses the opportunity for future electoral reform.

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Your guide to using your two choices in the London Mayor and Police Commissioner elections well

05 May 2016 | Elections

British voters are used to having just one vote. But on 5 May this year a record number of voters in England and Wales will be using a two–vote electoral system to choose the London Mayor and Police Commissioners across the country, many for the first time. Wherever you stand politically, Professor Patrick Dunleavy explains how to use both your votes to get more of what you want.

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Police and Crime Commissioners: The forgotten elections

03 May 2016 | Elections

On May 5, England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the second time, though you may not know about them. Dr Kenneth Bunker looks at what are these elections about, who is in the race, and who might be the winners and losers.

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What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

27 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker of the Democratic Dashboard looks at what we might expect turnout to be in the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales elections in May.

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More female candidates in 2016 is positive, but not the full story

26 April 2016 | Elections

Democratic Dashboard launches its "Gender and the 2016 Elections" Data Briefing today, looking at the prospects for gender balance in the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and London elections in May.

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What do the latest polls tell us about the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

12 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker, from the LSE, looks at recent polls in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and assesses their significance for the elections in May.

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The upcoming elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

01 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker, from the Democratic Dashboard team, examines recent results in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and looks ahead to the elections in May.

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