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15 June 2015 | Overlooked But Decisive: Connecting with England’s Just about Managing classes

By James Frayne

  • Despite their overwhelming importance, “squeezed middle” voters - those in the C1/C2 socio-economic classes - across England’s most marginal seats feel overlooked and unrepresented. Overlooked but Decisive examines the values and political attitudes of this group and develops a detailed profile of this groups values and beliefs.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    By Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

  • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

  • 13 December 2013 | Reforming Public Appointments

    By Lynne Middleton, Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

  • Reforming Public Appointments shows that equality policies set up under the last government are failing to promote people from working class communities to public office. It calls for an extension of the entire equalities policy to increase representation of people from routine and manual occupational backgrounds, and for greater transparency about the membership of interviewing panels for public appointments.

  • 16 July 2012 | What's In A Name? Is there a case for equal marriage?

    By David Skelton, Robert Flint
    Edited by Blair Gibbs

  • What’s In A Name? Is there a case for equal marriage? looks at the social, historic and legal arguments for and against gay marriage. It argues that marriage could be a particularly powerful institution for many young gay people – encouraging fidelity and commitment, providing role models and a strong support structure.

  • 27 April 2012 | Northern Lights: Public policy and the geography of political attitudes in Britain today

    By Neil O'Brien, Anthony Wells

  • Is there a north-south divide political divide? A major study into public attitudes – Northern Lights – examines the new political and social geography of England. The research finds that the way people vote is less and less determined by their social class, and more by how they think the government is performing and their attitudes to controversial issues like migration and crime.

  • 01 January 2012 | The Politics of Optimism

    Anthony Seldon

  • Traditional thinking aligns economic growth with happiness. Conclusion: we’re in for a long dose of unhappiness. But the outlook for Britain need not be depressing. If governments, organisations and individuals responded with a new way of thinking, it would boost happiness and well-being.

  • 05 May 2011 | A Potential Political Revolution: Academic analysis of the Alternative Vote

    By Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

  • This new research note surveys existing work on the subject to show that the Alternative Vote system would create far more problems than it has a hope of solving.

  • 10 December 2010 | Local Seats For Local People? Reviewing the Boundary Review

    By Robert McIlveen
    Edited by Natalie Evans

  • Local Seats for Local People? finds that the Boundary Review process in the UK is inefficient and produces undemocratic results. The report sets out proposals which will drastically reduce the time taken to conduct a review, depoliticise the process and ultimately improve representation.

  • 10 December 2010 | The Alternative Vote - the system no-one wants

    By Robert McIlveen
    Edited by Natalie Evans

  • This report tests the Alternative Vote in six key areas: proportionality; safe seats; decisive results; wasted votes; tactical voting and MPs being elected on less than 50% of the vote and finds that in only one (the latter) does it constitute an improvement over First Past the Post.

  • 06 August 2010 | What do we want our MPs to be?

    Paul Goodman
    Edited by Robert McIlveen

  • Paul Goodman writes for Policy Exchange on what it is that we want from our MPs, at a time when the whole political class has rarely been held in lower esteem.

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