The UK General Election


Another Vote

After a series of important decisions, the UK population prepares to make yet another. On June 8, the UK will vote in their latest Prime Minister. This event comes after a tumultuous political year including the resignation of Conservative party member David Cameron and his replacement by Theresa May, as well as the UK vote to exit the EU.

As election day nears, Palgrave Macmillan presents research from politics and history both current and retrospective, including free journals articles, books, and more.

Political Communication and Cognition

Darren Lilleker offers his take on the 2017 General Election

The Election Results

"The UK 2017 election was called specifically to increase the personal mandate of Prime Minister Theresa May, and the authority of the Conservative government. In this respect it was an abject failure. The result demonstrates diminishing support for the Conservatives, an increased share of votes and seats for Labour, as well as perhaps signalling the death of UKIP. The Scottish independence issue is also brought into question, with the SNP losing ground to all three of their competitors. 

So how did this happen?"

Like Me, Share Me

"The online environment is a complex one. A range of brands push their messages, many paying for access to the communities of users of a platform. Political parties create free profiles; they are therefore not promoted automatically by the algorithms that deliver content to user news feeds. However if parties receive high numbers of shares this activates an alternative algorithm which promotes content based on popularity. Hence to be successful a party needs a highly energised and active followership."

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Where next for evidence and policy in post-Brexit Britain?

22 June 2017, 15:30 – 17:30 BST

The referendum on Brexit highlighted a major disconnect in the treatment of scientific evidence and expert advice. Michael Gove’s phrase ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’ has been used frequently to describe some public scepticism of elite expert advice in salient issues driven by emotion and belief. Yet, the Remain campaign relied heavily on expert backing and the UK government has developed less visible but significant moves to strengthen institutions for scientific advice and evidence-informed policymaking. Much of the detail of policy is processed out of the public spotlight, in bureaucratic arenas where experts tend to be well represented. The UK’s new Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has earmarked fifty-seven policy areas that will be significantly affected by Brexit and, in each case, the role of expertise may shift to reflect shifts in policymaking. Ensuring that UK policymakers have access to the best available evidence and advice in support of the Article 50 negotiations is clearly crucial. This prompt us to ask: what is, and should be, the future of ‘evidence-based policymaking’ and how should ‘experts’ engage to make sure that their evidence is heard?

This panel event, hosted by the journal Palgrave Communications, will explore these questions and what they mean for those engaged in influencing and making policy. ​​​​​​​RSVP TODAY

Political Communication in Britain

The 2015 General Election: A Retrospective

The UK electoral landscape has changed: in 2015 six parties received more than a million votes whereas in the 2010 General Election it was only three. This book provides invaluable insights into contemporary British politics through analysis of an election whose outcome, an outright Conservative victory, surprised many commentators.

Dominic Wring offers a look back at the British General Election from campaigning to reporting in his title Political Communication in Britain.

Read The Retrospective

  • "Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have penned a political thriller.... The book is distinguished by the quality of its sources: the ministers, aides and strategists who open up to these academics in a way they might not to journalists."

     -The Observer

  • "It's popular academic writing at its best, combining a clear narrative (using anecdotes and quotes garnered from more than 300 background interviews) with lots of solid, meaty number-crunching"

     - Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian

British Election of 2015

The British General Election 2015

The British General Election of 2015 is a must-read for anyone wanting to know how the action unfolded in the most unpredictable election for a generation. Drawing on hundreds of confidential interviews with all the key players, it offers a compelling insider's guide to the election's background, campaign, and the results which led to the formation of the first majority Conservative government in eighteen years.

Designed to appeal to everyone from Westminster insiders, politics students and the wider general public, this is the authoritative account of the 2015 election. Continuing a proud Palgrave Macmillan tradition, The British General Election of 2015 is the 19th edition and celebrates the 70th year of this prestigious series.

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