New ERS report on the future of political parties

Our friends at the Electoral Reform Society have a new report out, on the future of political parties. Go and read the whole thing, but the summary is: Increased role for non-members: Parties’ experiments with involving non fee-paying supporters should be accelerated More member- and supporter-led policymaking: People want to see an end to top-down, command-and-control politics […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]

Lunchtime list for May 27th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: A right turn for the Dutch? – The collapse of the Dutch grand coalition of left and right looks like delivering a majority to centre-right parties at the election on 9 June. Murdoch has to become an elitist – John Gapper in […]

Lunchtime list for May 25th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Worst performing parties in the 2010 British General Election – Le Poulet Noir writes a piece about the least successful parties in the recent General Election. Slightly to my surprise, on average votes per candidate, the BNP just beat UKIP – though […]