Monday, 30 July 2018

The Nightmare of History. PQ lecture at Senate House

In the second Political Quarterly lecture of the year, Fintan O'Toole, columnist and 2017 Orwell Prize for journalism winner gives an important talk about the future of Britain and Ireland. The lecture will take place on Monday 15th October at Senate House at 6.30 pm.

Brexit, like all revolutions, imagines a Year Zero, a new history that began in June 2016 with the glorious victory of the Leave campaign in the referendum.

But history cannot be shaken off so easily and, for good and ill, Britain's past is also an Irish past. And in some ways, this history is repeating itself, except with the roles reversed. Where Britain long imagined itself beset by the Irish Question, Ireland know has an English Question. It is as if there is a constant quantum of nationalist angst on these islands so that as it diminishes on one island it rises on the other.

There will be free wine and nibbles after the lecture. You can register for this event here.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Helen Thompson wins Crick Prize for Best PQ Article 2017

Photo by Kevin Lake
The board of the Political Quarterly are delighted to announce that Helen Thompson has won the Crick Prize for Best PQ Article for 2017. Her article, called 'It's Still the 2008 Crash' was awarded by board member and Editor of Prospect Tom Clark at the Orwell Prize on 25 June at the RSA. You can read the article here.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

What went wrong with liberalism? And what should liberals do about it?

Timothy Garton Ash
The 2018 Political Quarterly lecture by Timothy Garton Ash


For at least two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some version of liberalism was ideologically hegemonic in most democracies and largely set the agenda of globalisation. As we now face a global wave of anti-liberal populism and authoritarianism we are bound to ask how far – and in what ways – that liberalism contributed to this dramatic reversal. Many analysts have pointed to the growing inequality and shattering financial crisis, attributing them to the simultaneous financialisation and globalisation of capitalism, and to policies often characterised as 'neoliberalism'. But should other, and perhaps deeper, features of contemporary liberalism share some of the blame?

Having made the right analysis, what lessons should liberals (with a small l, including liberal centre-right and centre-left) learn? Do liberals have any good answers to populism at home and authoritarianism abroad? How can we fight back?

Listen to the podcast of the lecture here:








Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Special Issues Proposals

Deadlines: 1 October 2018
Political Quarterly welcomes proposals for special issues and special sections of the journal, and for events which promote the journal and publicise recent or forthcoming articles. PQ aims to promote debate and publish articles on issues of politics and public policy that are authoritative, informed by expertise and academic insight, challenging, intellectually demanding and innovative. Proposals should indicate how they will conform to these aims.
Funding is available for workshops, seminars and small conferences related to special issues and sections. Amounts between £500 and £3000 may be applied for, to cover travel costs, room bookings and hospitality, and speaker honoraria. Applicants should note that fees of £200-£400 are also paid to authors of accepted articles and editors of special issues.
Read more here.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Leonard Woolf at the Political Quarterly

Twelve articles by Leonard Woolf - Free to view

As co-founder of the Political Quarterly with William Robson in 1930, Leonard Woolf's aims for the journal were made apparent in a 1927 circular in which it was stated:

"The function of The Political Quarterly will be to discuss social and political questions from a progressive point of view. It will act as a clearing-house of ideas and a medium of constructive thought. It will not be tied to any party and will publish contributions from persons of various political affiliations. It will be a journal of opinion, not of propaganda. But it has been planned by a group of writers who hold certain general political ideas in common and it will not be a mere collection of unrelated articles..."

The areas Woolf wrote about were varied and cogent, and in this collection, we hope we have paid tribute to his work by including articles on the future of broadcasting, Labour’s foreign policy, the League of Nations and the United Nations, the personality of Hitler, music in the eastern bloc and espionage, security and liberty to name just a few topics.

You can access these twelve articles here and we would be happy for you to share this wealth of archive material to new generations who may not know his work.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Podcast: Nobody Knows Anything: Why is Politics so Surprising?

Podcast: Nobody Knows Anything: Why is Politics so Surprising?

The Political Quarterly Annual Lecture by David Runciman was given on
5 December 2017, with comment from Ed Miliband MP and chaired by Polly Toynbee. You can hear it in full below.





The 2017 General Election was the latest in a series of events that took pollsters, pundits, prediction markets and politicians by surprise. At a point when digital technology is supplying more information than ever before, politics is becoming more unpredictable.

How are these phenomena related? Why have the voters become so hard to read? And is the volatility of electoral politics a sign that democracy is still working or is it an indication of the trouble democracy is in?




Thursday, 15 June 2017

Crick Prize for Best Article 2016

The Political Quarterly is delighted to announce the prize winners for the Crick Prize for Best Piece.

Sukhdev Johal, Michael Moran and Karel Williams have won the prize for their article ‘Breaking the Constitutional Silence: the Public Services Industry and Government.' The authors have received their prize money of £1000 to be shared and the article has been made free for a month. You can read the article here.

The authors write:

"It’s an honour to receive the Political Quarterly prize for best article of 2016, in particular because of the association with Bernard Crick, a great editor and a great public intellectual. The paper tries to carry out the most important role of the public intellectual: to use the evidence and insights of dispassionate inquiry to throw light on a policy problem. In this case the problem is one of neglect: the absence of any attempt to incorporate the great power of the corporation into the constitution of the UK. Our work is part of a larger body of continuing research and advocacy on the Foundational Economy carried out with colleagues from a wide range of institutions in the UK and abroad."

Michael Moran, Sukhdev Johal and Karel Williams.