Sunday, 18 April 2021

Issue 92 2 out now!

 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; Fran├žoise 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

Book reviews

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Digital campaigning: Regulation and oversight 28 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.

Chair:

Dr Katharine Dommett is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on digital campaigning and the role of technology in democracies. She serves as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies.

Speakers/panellists:

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.


SEE THE WEBINAR HERE!

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Futures in Crisis: The Politics of Work and Capitalism in a Digital Age (Bristol Festival of Ideas)


The world has faced two major crises in 12 years. The aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis are still being felt and the consequences of COVID-19 for economy and society will be with us for a long time. A series of utopian and dystopian visions of the futures of work and capitalism have sprung up alongside these crises, seeking to make sense of an age defined by technological shifts, populist upheaval, digital authoritarianism and global pandemic.

Following a recent special issue on “Postcapitalism and the Politics of Work”, Political Quarterly joined forces with Bristol Festival of Ideas, University of Bristol’s Thinking Futures programme and the Economic & Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science 2020 to pick through these futures and debate their political implications on both the national and international stage. In the immediate wake of the US presidential election, we were joined by Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham and author of The Dignity of Labour (forthcoming, Polity); Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan and Shadow Foreign Secretary; and Paul Mason, commentator and author of How to Stop Fascism (forthcoming, Penguin). The event was chaired by Frederick Harry Pitts(University of Bristol), academic and author of Value (forthcoming, Polity).

You can catch up on the festival here




Sunday, 4 October 2020

The Political Quarterly Annual Lecture 2020

 


After Windrush, can the Home Office be Fixed?

This special virtual event took place on 2 November 2020 with 

Amelia Gentleman and David Lammy.

You can see the film here.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The Crick Prize for Best Piece. The winner is...

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Crick Prize for Best Piece for 2019 is Martin Loughlin. His winning article entitled "What Would John Griffith have made of Jonathan Sumption's Reith Lectures" appeared in Volume 90, Issue 4 and you can read the article for free here and see the award given here.


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?
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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

Polly Toynbee Annual PQ Lecture: Podcast

Polly Toynbee
The Lost Decade

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.






Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Rethinking Democracy: Populism, Post-democracy and the Politics of Resentment Podcast


Democratic politics is once again under attack – this time from populist nationalists, authoritarian rulers and new forms of political communication.

It was not meant to be like this. The fourth launch event for Rethinking Democracy took place on 9 October 2019. The book is an important new collection of essays edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright, in which leading academics explores the problems of democracy and suggests ways it might now be extended and deepened.

You can hear the lecture here.

Colin Crouch (Emeritus Professor of the University of Warwick) evaluated the threats to liberal democracy posed by xenophobic populist movements, including Brexit; Sarah Childs (Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck) explored the challenge that feminism brings to the theory and practice of representative democracy; and Gerry Stoker (Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton) discussed why resentment has become a prime but negative vehicle for expressing politics, and what might be done to challenge that development. Jason Edwards (Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck) chaired the event.

This event was jointly hosted by the Political Quarterly, the Department of Politics and the Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life.

Additional reading:

Rethinking Democracy, edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (Political Quarterly Monograph Series, 2019)

Post-Democracy: Does Populism Have a Place in Britain?, Colin Crouch, (LSE Policy and Politics, 2019)