The use of the misleading ‘No Overall Control’ designation means some voters still don’t know who won their local election

My article for Democratic Audit on the media’s lazy reporting of local election results, as evidenced by the use of the ‘No Overall Control’ description for councils without a majority party. This article was first published in 2014 but remains highly relevant today in the wake of recent elections. For instance, Trafford in Greater Manchester…

Book Review: Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU by Richard Youngs

My review of Europe Reset by Richard Youngs for LSE Review of Books, which sets out a new vision for civic participation across Europe. Youngs identifies a crisis rooted in alienation from the prevailing model of integration and proposing new initiatives for democratic participation by citizens. Richard Youngs’s book on democracy in Europe, Europe Reset:…

Book Review: The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections

Review of The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections by Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko (Manchester University Press) for LSE Review of Books, April 2016. The veepstakes are upon us. As an intriguing and somewhat traumatic presidential primary season approaches a conclusion, speculation about who the Republican and Democratic…