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…
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:…
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…
The BBC could provide integrated and targeted information on all UK elections, helping to strengthen democratic participation. My article for the Open Democracy’s OurBeeb project showed how.
I reviewed Louise Thompson’s new book on House of Commons bill committees for LSE Review of Books. The book offers a persuasive new account of committees’ work and shows how backbench MPs can influence legislation.
I appeared on the BBC’s Newswatch programme, criticising the BBC for its coverage of the debate on British military involvement in Syria. Read a summary of my argument here.
My article for the LSE’s new Brexit blog (23 November 2015). I argued in favour of the House of Lords’ (probably short-lived) amendment of the referendum bill to enfranchised 16 and 17 year olds, but suggested that the debate on lowering the voting age has so far been generating more heat than light.
Analysis for Health Election Data (7 November 2015) about the poor quality of election results publication at NHS Foundation Trusts. I highlighted various instances of bad practice, from delayed publication to the withholding of key information.
Post for Health Election Data (15 April 2015), my site monitoring NHS Foundation Trust elections, on how greater coordination in the timing of NHS elections could lead to increased voter participation.
My post for the Crick Centre blog (1 May 2015), at the University of Sheffield, considering how our democracy treats voters who have moved overseas. Not very well at all, I argued.