My review of ‘Money and Electoral Politics’ by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie for LSE Review of Books (15 August 2014). I found the book an excellent source of data and insight on the financing of political parties and elections, but with a number of key issues under-explored.
I took part in a live Q&A for The Guardian (May 2014), alongside and a range of other experts in the democracy field, discussing how to increase turnout in local elections. The Guardian’s Sarah Marsh picked out the best of the suggestions made.
Before the 2014 local elections I produced the first ever estimate of how many were potentially disenfranchised because of registration rules that penalise people for moving house. Published on Politics.co.uk (16 May 2014).
My post for Democratic Audit (7 July 2014) on the decision by the Labour Party to use an all-women shortlist to select its candidate to replace Ann Clywd MP in Cynon Valley, with echoes of a similar controversy in the Welsh valleys ahead of the 2005 election.
My article for Open Democracy (16 April 2014), about my research into the low levels of participation in NHS Foundation Trust elections. I recommended radical ways to improve democratic legitimacy.
My post for The Conversation with Craig Berry (14 May 2014) on the impact of differential election turnout by age group. We challenged the simplistic notion that older people get the most out of public policy because they vote more. Although older people have had more protection from austerity measures in recent years, evidence suggests this is in line with the policy preferences of young people.
I took part in a live Q&A for The Guardian’s Public Leaders Network (28 March 2014), alongside David Blunkett and a range of other experts in the democracy field, discussing public involvement in politics and policy-making. Here is a summary of the discussion.
My post for Democratic Audit (3 April 2014) on NHS democracy. The first Foundation Trusts were launched ten years ago this week, in April 2004. The model may have succeeded in making trusts autonomous but it has failed to make them democratically accountable to local communities.
My article for The Guardian’s Local Leaders Network (12 March 2014), addressing the upcoming local elections in May. I asked how local government could help encourage young people to get involved, arguing that better election information online would help engage voters.
My post for Democratic Audit (13 March 2014) with Anthony Mcdonnell. Older people are more likely to vote and highly educated people are more likely to vote: these are electoral phenomena common in advanced democracies across the world. We investigated these trends.