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63-4 October 2010

Britain Votes 2010

Special Issue Editors: Andrew Geddes and Jonathan Tonge

The 2010 General Election proved to be one of the most dramatic contests of recent times. Britain Votes 2010 provides a comprehensive analysis of the campaign and its remarkable aftermath. A team of experts assess the results, outline the new electoral demography and examine its national and regional variations. The book explores the ideas and fortunes of the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, discusses the impact of new campaign features, notably the leadership debates, and examines the key issues which featured in an exciting and unusual election. Combining retrospective analysis with assessment of likely future directions, Britain Votes 2010
explores how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was formed and analyses whether coalition government is likely to
become far less exceptional in future. Britain Votes 2010 is indispensable for all scholars of British and electoral politics.

Table of Contents

Articles in this special issue include:

  • How Britain Got Hung
    Andrew Geddes and Jonathan Tonge
  • The Results: How Britain Voted
    David Denver
  • Five Days in May: A New Political Order Emerges
    Ruth Fox
  • So What Went Wrong with the Electoral System? The 2010 Election Result and the Debate About Electoral Reform
    John Curtice
  • New Labour and Political Change
    Andrew Gamble
  • Labour's Campaign: Things Can Only Get...Worse?
    Steven Fielding
  • Strategic Recovery? The Conservatives Under David Cameron
    Jane Green
  • The Campaign That Changed Everything and Still Did Not Matter? The Liberal Democrat Campaign and Performance
    David Cutts, Edward Fieldhouse, and Andrew Russell
  • A Catenaccio Game: the 2010 Election in Scotland
    James Mitchell and Arno van der Zwet
  • Wales and the 2010 General Election
    Jonathan Bradbury
  • Northern Ireland: Unionism Loses More Leaders
    Jonathan Tonge and Jocelyn Evans
  • 'Wags', 'Wives' and 'Mothers'...But what about Women Politicians?
    Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs
  • Party Finance: Normal Service Resumed?
    Justin Fisher
  • The Media and the 2010 Campaign: The Television Election?
    Dominic Wring and Stephen Ward
  • From Big Government to Big Society: Changing the State-Society Balance
    Martin J. Smith
  • The Calm After the Storm? Foreign and Security Policy from Blair to Brown
    Richard G. Whitman
  • Less is More: Immigration and European Integration at the 2010 General Election
    Sean Carey and Andrew Geddes
  • Conclusion: An Absorbing Hanging
    Andrew Geddes and Jonanthan Tonge

63-2 April 2010

The Politics of Britishness

Special Issue Editors: Catherine McGlynn and Andrew Mycock

The issue provides a ground-breaking study of the ‘politics of Britishness’ across the four nations of the United Kingdom, Europe and Commonwealth. It identifies a number of ‘blindspots’ in debates about Britishness, with politicians such as Gordon Brown and David Cameron often overlooking key groups. In particular, the volume highlights that the ‘politics of Britishness’ is shaped by who can and cannot be accommodated, with deep divergence in the borders of inclusion across the UK. However, some areas, such Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth, are consistently omitted by those articulating a renewed understanding of Britishness. Furthermore, there is scant acknowledgement of the variable relevance of Britishness across the UK and elsewhere. The volume opens up new debates about Britishness by shifting focus and offering a more generous understanding of the scope and importance of British and other national identities.

Table of Contents

Articles in this special issue include:

  • Parliamentary Affairs: A Special Edition on Britishness
    Catherine McGlynn and Andrew Mycock
  • State Devolution and National Identity: Continuity and Change in the Politics of Welshness and Britishness in Wales Jonathan Bradbury and Rhys Andrews
  • English Identities and Interests and the Governance of Britain
    Christopher G.A. Bryant
  • Britishness (and Irishness) in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement James W. McAuley and Jonathan Tonge
  • Governance and Identity in a Devolved Scotland
    Murray Stewart Leith
  • Who Doesn't Feel British? Divisions over Muslims
    Varun Uberoi and Tariq Modood
  • The UK and the European Union: Dimensions of Sovereignty and the Problem of Eurosceptic Britishness
    Chris Gifford
  • British Citizenship and the Legacy of Empires
    Andrew Mycock

View the table of contents and abstracts of the issue here.

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63-1 January 2010

Devolution: Ten Years On

Special Issue Editor: James Mitchell

In this special half-issue of Parliamentary Affairs, each author has considered how devolution has developed or, in England's case, has had an impact. What have emerged are three devolved polities which, for different reasons and in varying degrees, were established to depart from the Westminster model.

Table of Contents

Articles in this special issue include:

  • The Westminster Model and the State of Unions James Mitchell
  • Ten Years of Devolution Bruce Crawford
  • The Narcissism of Small Differences: Scotland and Westminster James Mitchell
  • Wales and the Westminster Model Alan Trench
  • Northern Ireland: The Politics of Constraint Rick Wilford
  • The West Lothian Question Vernon Bogdanor

View the table of contents and abstracts of the issue here.

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62-4 October 2009

Charter 88 and the Constitutional Reform Movement: Twenty Years On

Special Issue Editor: David Erdos

This special issue of Parliamentary Affairs looks back at twenty years of effort by Charter 88 and other similar pressure groups to bring about a new democratic constitutionalism in the United Kingdom. The papers address a range of historical, philosophical, analytical, and legal issues from the perspective both of academics who were engaged in the reform activities and those writing from a more dispassionate angle. Specific questions considered include: the intellectual origins of the constitutional reform movement, its ambiguous attitude towards the continuing Europeanization of the UK and its impact on constitutional outcomes both generally and more specifically in relation to the critical issue of electoral reform. These questions are clearly of continuing and indeed heightened relevance given the rejuvenation of constitutional debate following the Brown Government’s Governance White Paper in 2007 and the Conservative Party’s flirtation with reforms such as a British Bill of Rights. This special issue therefore constitutes essential reading for researchers and students of both constitutionalism and British politics. Political activists, MPs, and pressure groups will also find this special issue to be of interest.


This special issue was launched at a free event at Portcullis House, Westminster on 9 December 2009. Special issue editor Dr. David Erdos (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford), Unlock Democracy, and Oxford Journals hosted an evening of lively discussion and debate on the past, present, and future of UK constitutional reform. Panelists included Ferdinand Mount (who acted as chair), Peter Facey, Director of Unlock Democracy, and Dr. Tony Wright MP, Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee.

Click here for more information about the event, including the panelists' presentations, now available for download.

View the table of contents and abstracts of the special issue here.

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