Friday, 23 September 2016

'Democracy in Britain: Retrospect and Prospect' by Tony Wright

The Political Quarterly is delighted to host former editor Tony Wright for the Political Quarterly lecture entitled 'Democracy in Britain: Retrospect and Prospect'on Wednesday 12 October, 6 - 8 pm at the Institute for Government, 2 Carlton Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AA. You can register for this free event here.

Tony Wright was co-editor of Political Quarterly from 1995 until 2015. MP for Cannock Chase from 1992 to 2010, he chaired the Public Administration Select Committee for over a decade and as chair of the Reform of the House of Commons Select Committee introduced the ‘Wright reforms’ that strengthened the role of the Commons. Since his first book on GDH Cole and Socialist Democracy (1979), he has published many books including Socialisms (1986), RH Tawney (1987) and Citizens and Subjects (1994). His most recent books are Doing Politics (2012) and the second edition of the very successful British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2013). He is currently a Professor at UCL and Birkbeck.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Rethinking Capitalism

EVENT 22 September 2016, The Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD. 

RETHINKING CAPITALISM:
Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs 
in discussion with 
Will Hutton and Andrew Gamble

Listen to the podcast here!


The Political Quarterly is pleased to announce the launch of the new PQ book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, edited by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato. The book brings together leading economists to challenge orthodox ideas about economic theory and policy, and to propose new approaches to achieving a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Subscribers to the Political Quarterly will receive a copy as part of their subscription. For others the book is available at a 20% discount from the publishers Wiley Blackwell.

Thursday, 18 August 2016


Why Donald Trump was Nominated by the Republicans
Alan Ware

Alan Ware
Donald Trump’s selection by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate is one of the most controversial nominations in American electoral history. In living memory only the National Convention’s choice of Barry Goldwater in 1964 might conceivably rival it at the presidential level. Read the full blog here.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Two Special Issues on Europe


The Political Quarterly is pleased to publish two special issues in the latest issue 87 2 on Europe. Up for grabs? Key Issues in the Negotiations about Britain’s Membership of the EU has been edited by Waltraud Schelkle with articles from Eiko Thielemann and Daniel Schade; Steve Coulter and Bob Hancké; and Anne Corbett.

The UK and the European Union has been edited by Anand Menon, Rachel Minto, Daniel Wincott with articles by. Rachel Minto, Jo Hunt, Michael Keating and Lee McGowan; Ailsa Henderson, Charlie Jeffery, Robert Liñeira, Roger Scully, Daniel Wincott and Richard Wyn Jones; Simon Hix; John Curtice; Sofia Vasilopoulou; Emma Carmel and Theodoros Papadopoulos; Rebecca Adler-Nissan; Steve Peers; Richard Whitman; Nicholas Crafts; and Damian Chalmers.

You can read both collections here for free.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Bernard Crick Prize for Best Piece 2015. The winners are...


The Political Quarterly is delighted to announce Dave Richards from the University of Manchester and Martin Smith from the University of York as worthy winners of the Bernard Crick Prize for Best Piece 2015. The winning article is entitled ‘In Defence of British Politics Against the British Political Tradition’ (86, 1: 41-51)

The criteria from the judges were as followed:


  • The Orwell test: Was the article written in good, clear English?
  • The scholarship test: Was its knowledge base sound and well grounded?
  • The Alzheimer test: Could I remember its contents clearly several days after reading it?
  • The durability test: Is it likely to be read some years later, or was it just good current comment?
  • The originality test: Did it have something distinctly new to say?

All of these criteria were fulfilled and the prize was given at the Orwell Prize Awards by co-editor Deborah Mabbett on 26 May at the University of Westminster. You can read the winning article here.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Up for grabs? Key issues in the negotiations about Britain’s membership of the EU

In the run-up to the referendum, the London School of Economics and Political Science arranged a series of expert hearings on the future of Britain in Europe. The first four hearings dealt with policy issues that we considered to be important: migration, employment regulation, financial integration, and finally higher education and research. Read Waltraud Schelkle's special issue on the EU with articles by Waltraud Schelkle; Eiko Thielemann and Daniel Schade; Steve Coulter and Bob Hancké; and Anne Corbett.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Citizens, customers, politicians, professionals and money men

The Political Quarterly Annual Lecture given by Colin Crouch on 19 January 2016 at the Institute for Government.
Two disturbing stories in late 2015 - the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal and the news that some NHS trusts had been giving general practitioners financial incentives not to send patients to hospitals for tests - seemed to come from quite different parts of the human capacity for wickedness. But both are products of the same neoliberal insistence that financial knowledge should trump all other kinds. You can see the lecture in full here.