Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Sunday, 18 April 2021
The latest issue of PQ is out now! You can see it here with many articles free to view.
Commentary Rolling Out the Pork Barrel by Deborah Mabbett
Corbynism and its Aftermath: Lewis Bassett and Jeremy Gilbert; Eunice Goes; Steven Fielding; Phil Burton-Cartledge; Jeremy Gilbert; Eric Shaw; Tim Bale; Lewis Bassett and Tom Mills; Jonathan Dean and Bice Maiguashca; Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite; Christine Berry; Patrick Diamond; James Meadway
Articles: David Judge; Françoise Granoulhac; Will Jennings, Lawrence McKay and Gerry Stoker; Jack Newman; Samuel Warner, David Richards, Diane Coyle and Martin J. Smith; Iain McLean and Scot Peterson; Christopher Massey; Mark Hayhurst
Reports & Surveys: Katy Hayward
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
SEE THE WEBINAR HERE!
How can we make sure elections in the UK are free and fair in the digital age? Unaccountable organisations use information about voters’ private lives to target them with messages. Fake 'bots' sow discord on comment pages. As the recent US election showed, it is harder and harder to police misleading fake news and disinformation. And in a digital age, tracking which party is spending what on campaigning becomes ever more complicated. In this webinar we draw on the expertise of academics, regulators and politicians to evaluate concrete proposals for achievable reform. Whether you are student of politics or interested citizen, this webinar contributes to the important work of trying to find a way to safeguard democracy.
Professor Helen Margetts OBE FBA. Professor Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College. She is also Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
Louise Edwards is Director of Regulation at the Electoral Commission, the main body charged with overseeing elections. She has expert knowledge of funding and spending at elections and referendums, registering political parties and enforcement work.
Damian Collins MP. As Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in 2017 he published one of the most authoritative reports on disinformation and fake news to date, making detailed recommendations for reform of electoral campaigning.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Sunday, 4 October 2020
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
The criteria for the Crick Prize are as follows:
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?
The Crick test: Would Bernard have appreciated it? (that doesn’t mean he would necessarily have agreed with it).
The judges felt all of these criteria were met.
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
In the welter of immediate events, it's easy to forget just how tumultuous the past ten years have been.
The decade has been characterised by ideology and ineptitude, dogma and disarray, austerity, social dislocation, the breakup of the UK, and national loss of confidence.
There have been huge failures of policy design and delivery: in the NHS in England, in the assault on accountability in English schools, the dismantling of criminal justice and the cynical targeting of local government spending.
And then came Brexit, a Tory party psychodrama that became national history.
But austerity, like Brexit, was also willed – or at least approved – by large numbers of citizens. While Labour failed to prevent a series of unfolding disasters, the story of the past decade must also be about people: their apparent rejection of much of what Labour accomplished in the previous decade, their dislike of adequate taxation, their deference to Toryism, their willed ignorance and intolerance of complexity.
If you missed the lecture - you can listen to it here.