We are very happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Women & Politics Essay Prize! Undergraduate students from all over the country were nominated by their supervisors, and the quality of entries was so high that judge, Dr Toni Haastrup awarded a joint first prize. JOINT FIRST PRIZE Isabel Abbs has just completed her… Continue reading 2017 Women & Politics Essay Prize
The General Election has thrown the spotlight upon Northern Irish politics and, in particular, policies around abortion and the LGBT community which differ substantially from the rest of the UK. Here, Jennifer Thomson explores the situation in Northern Ireland and the implications for the rest of the UK. After several days of confusion, speculation, and… Continue reading Northern Ireland and gendered rights: a place apart
Jonathan Dean, University of Leeds, reflects on the state of the discipline of political science in the wake of the surprising results of the 2017 General Election. The story is one we have heard before. An election is looming. Pundits, commentators and academics offer their predictions and hot-takes, only to be left with egg-ridden faces… Continue reading On Corbyn, Book-Eating and the Future of UK Political Science
With a record high number of women elected to Parliament, was the 2017 general election something to celebrate? Sarah Childs, Meryl Kenny and Jessica Smith re-assess the recent result and consider what it means for women's political representation. ‘Record-breaking’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historic’ – these were the headlines after Thursday’s UK General Election. Some of the articles… Continue reading Let’s Put the Champagne on Ice: The Commons’ Missing Women
By Sarah Childs I am the unnamed woman he couldn’t ‘make up’; I am the author of The Good Parliament Report; and my name is Sarah Childs. I am Professor of Politics and Gender at the University of Bristol, not ‘gender politics’ as was inaccurately reported, although to be honest I’m happy with that label. You… Continue reading AN UNLIKELY ADMIRER – AND ALLY – OF THE GOOD PARLIAMENT: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN
PSA Women and Politics member Manjeet Ramgotra (SOAS) explores why the outcomes of the UK referendum and US elections were so close and the implications of this for democracy and liberal values. The year 2016 has changed the political landscapes of Europe and the United States of America. The United Kingdom rejected its longstanding membership in the… Continue reading Dysfunctional democracy and the fall of liberal values
PSA Women and Politics member Jonathan Dean (University of Leeds) assesses the problematic messages behind - and alarming consequences of - recent debates over 'identity politics'[i] Amidst the recriminations and collective shock in the face of Trump’s victory (and the myriad other reverses suffered by progressives in 2016), a consensus is emerging: the weakness of the left is attributable to… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Identity Politics?