Thursday, 14 October 2021

'Why equality needs no justification'

The Political Quarterly
 is pleased to invite you to our Annual Lecture:

'Why equality needs no justification' 

A defining characteristic of modernity is meant to be that humans recognise each other as fundamentally equal. That’s a nice thought – but is it true?

In this year’s
 annual lecture, 'Why equality needs no justification', Professor Anne Phillips will argue that basic ideas of human equality are more fragile that meets the eye. Phillips, who is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, will also explore the dangers of treating equality as conditional upon supposedly shared human characteristics.

Join us on 6 December 2021 at Bush House, London, for what promises to be a stimulating live debate about the true nature of equality. 

Tickets are free, and covid precautions will be in place at the venue. 

We look forward to seeing you in person again. 

Click here for your free ticket!

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

'Does Keir Starmer Have a Plan?' Live-stream panel discussion podcast

What, if anything, does Sir Keir Starmer stand for? What kind of party is Starmer's? What has changed within Labour since Corbyn? And in what direction is the party heading today? 

This live streamed panel discussion on 1 September 2021 was hosted by the Political Quarterly, where Christine Berry, Patrick Diamond and Jeremy Gilbert discussed these questions and more. The conversation was chaired by the Political Quarterly’s Special Sections Editor, Anna Killick.

You can listen to the full podcast here and read our special issue ‘Corbynism and Its Aftermath’. 

 Part of a Political Quarterly event series 'Special Issues in Focus' where we explore the questions raised in selected Special Issues of the journal.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Digital campaigning: Regulation and oversight 28 January 2021



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.


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.


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.