Popular Understandings of Politics in Britain, 1937-2015

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The Good Politician

By Nicholas Clarke |

Tweet We’ve just signed the contract for a book with Cambridge University Press. The title is ‘The Good Politician: Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics’. We’re hoping the book will be available from May/June 2018. It will cover: the phenomenon and conceptualisation of anti-politics; why anti-politics matters; the historical development of anti-political sentiment […]

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The decline in diffuse support for national politics

By Nicholas Clarke |

Tweet We’ve just published the following paper in Public Opinion Quarterly: ‘The decline in diffuse support for national politics: The long view on political discontent in Britain‘. Here is the abstract: This research note considers how to track long-term trajectories of political discontent in Britain. Many accounts are confined to using either survey data drawn […]

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Changing spaces of political encounter and the rise of anti-politics

By Nicholas Clarke |

Tweet We’ve just published the following paper in Political Geography: ‘Changing spaces of political encounter and the rise of anti-politics: Evidence from Mass Observation’s General Election diaries‘. Here is the abstract: Negativity towards the institutions of formal politics is currently a concern across much of the democratic world. It is generally agreed that such negativity […]

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Online Publication: The Rise of Anti-Politics in Britain

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet Click here for the link to our online publication This document was published to accompany the event of the same title. On 19 May 2016, in the Macmillan Room of Portcullis House, Westminster, we discussed the rise of anti-politics in Britain with MP and historian Tristram Hunt, journalist Isabel Hardman, and audience members.

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Public Event: The Rise of Anti-Politics in Britain, 19 May 2016

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet Portcullis House, Westminster, 0930-1130, 19 May 2016 In this session, a team of researchers from the University of Southampton will present findings from a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on ‘Popular Understandings of Politics in Britain, 1937-2015’. Using data from Mass Observation and various polling organisations, they will focus in […]

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Causes, consequences and cures of anti-politics: PSA Conference 2016

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet On Monday 21 March, Will Jennings will be presenting findings from the project at the PSA Annual Conference in Brighton as part of a panel on ‘Causes, consequences and cures of anti-politics’. Click here for more information about the panel.

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The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker and Joe Twyman have published a paper in Parliamentary Affairs on ‘The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain’. Abstract: Political discontent remains a pressing issue for UK parliamentary democracy that needs to be better understood. We offer a range of theoretical perspectives on dimensions of political disaffection and […]

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University of Southampton History Seminar Series

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet Last week, Nick Clarke presented findings from the project for the University of Southampton’s History Department’s research seminar series. Nick discussed current debates about disaffected democracies and rising negativity towards politics, which inform the context for the project. He described some of the key changes in political engagement we have found from looking at […]

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January Workshop Report

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet On 12-13 January, we organised a two-day workshop to report initial findings from the project and to invite comments from participants to help guide our research over the forthcoming months. The workshop revealed an interdisciplinary concern with popular understandings of politics by bringing together political scientists, geographers, pollsters and historians. In the first session, […]

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C2G2 Seminar

By UoSAnti-Politics |

Tweet Today, Nick Clarke presented findings from the project at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance seminar series. Here is the paper abstract: This paper reports emerging findings from an ESRC-funded project on popular understandings of politics. The context for the project is current discussion of disaffected democracies and hatred of […]

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