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Theresa May is trying to pre-empt Brexit difficulties – it could backfire!
This blog originally appeared here  Theresa May has sprung an early election, breaking her...


What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?
The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of...


Party before country
I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence...


The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified
It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in...


Britain’s Brexit Election: Why now and what next?
When Theresa May called a snap general election in April, she took Britain by...


A bowling alley election
A great deal has already been said about this presidential election: a hold-up, an...


The project of Marine Le Pen will lead to benefits for the better off
Although stigmatisation of foreigners has been the mainspring of the National Front since its...


Fluctuating democracy: the volatile state
Does the 2017 presidential election not appear to have more in common with a...


Shaping the campaign
This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website The opinion polls currently point...


Promises, promises
This post originally appeared on the Fabian Society website After the ‘longest suicide note...


The last few weeks of an atypical campaign
The spectre of a Mélenchon / Le Pen second round favoured Emmanuel Macron The...


Divides within politics
To be effective, democracy requires a certain degree of political divide within the spectrum...


Presidential election 2017: the dynamic Mélenchon
A second round where Jean-Luc Mélenchon faces Marine Le Pen? Is this possible? How...


An obstacle course until… 18th June
The successive trends amongst recent surveys have only served to confirm that the voter...


Bulgarian elections 2017: More is less
The biggest challenge after these elections will be the scrutiny and the accountability of...


A coconut shy election
The French presidential election in reality began on Monday 20 March upon conclusion of...


2007 – 2017: Ten years of “marino-lepen-ism”
To truly understand the determination and drive which carries Marine Le Pen and analyse...


Understanding the success of Emmanuel Macron: a graphical interpretation
Why is Emmanuel Macron so high in the opinion polls forty days before the...


Devastating defeat for Labour; where do we go from here?
The results of the elections on 15th March show an unprecedented loss of 29...


Terra incognita
Rarely has a presidential election so closely resembled a terra incognita before. It goes...


Who are the undecided voters?
This presidential campaign has been marked by an unprecedented amount of voter volatility. As...


Uncertainties: how to define the 2017 presidential election
For several weeks now, commentators and polling institutes have repeatedly highlighted the low voter...


Macron and Hamon: where do their voter bases lie?
How have the rallies in recent weeks changed the composition of potential voters for...


Presidential election: Balance of power on the left
During this presidential election voters on the left are being forced to decide between...


Elections in the Netherlands: How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats?
How to unite the left and remain distinctive as social-democrats? On March 15th, the...


Finnish Local Elections and the Health, Social Services and Regional Government Reform
Finnish local elections take place in the spring in an atmosphere of uncertainty. Public...


Three aspects could make Finland’s upcoming contest more interesting than usual
First, it has been almost two years since the last general elections of any...


Brexit Negotiations: Why the European Union has no room for concessions
The exit of Great Britain from the European Union is taking shape. At the...


Austria’s Presidential Elections – A Vote Against Right-Wing Populism
Maybe 2016 wasn’t that bad after all. For the first time an avalanche of...


The 2016 US Election: looking back and the way forward
This one hurts. A lot. As regular readers of this newsletter know, I was...


The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters
The Iran Deal is in Jeopardy, and Other Disasters America is still in shock—both...


A Wider Perspective on the 2016 US Election
As this is the last pre-election edition of this Newsletter, it is worth spending...


On the Campaign Trail
American presidential politics has crossed a Rubicon. In the span of 48 hours, the...


On the Campaign Trail
The 2016 US presidential campaign has entered the home stretch with Hillary Clinton holding...


US Elections: The Post-Policy Campaign
One thing about this election campaign is clear: the policy positions of the candidates...

Millennials and the 2016 Election
The Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 2000, is now the largest living...

State of the Race: The General Election Begins
The Democratic primary is finally over. Hillary Clinton won decisively in California and New...

Uncharted Territory: A Contested Republican Convention
The contemporary model for a party nominating convention in the United States is a...

The Year of the Anti-Establishment Insurgent
The anti-establishment campaigns of Sanders and Trump certainly share some common elements. Both Sanders...

Race, Religion and other social issues in the 2016 campaign
Donald Trump has dominated this campaign since his announcement speech in which he labelled...

The New Politics of Trade
Regardless of the ultimate outcome in November, there is no question that campaigns of...

On the Campaign Trail
The most unpredictable of presidential campaigns took another unexpected turn when Ted Cruz and...

On The Campaign Trail
Tuesday’s New York primary produced big wins for the two frontrunners, ending what had...

On the Campaign Trail
For those who believed the election of President Barack Obama heralded the dawn of...

On the Campaign Trail: State of the Race After Super Tuesday
With the dust still settling from Super Tuesday, it is clear that there has...

Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire
Setting the scene: The U.S. Presidential Election After Iowa and New Hampshire The 2016...