Ruth Fox

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Tuned In or Turned Off? Public Attitudes to PMQs

(15) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (23:00)

PMQs is like parliamentary Marmite: politicians and journalists either love it or loathe it.

Its detractors argue that the noise and partisan point-scoring is now so off-putting that it feeds the public's anti-politics, anti-politician mood. Its defenders argue that if it is toned down no on will watch it...

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Measured or Makeshift? Parliamentary Scrutiny of the European Union

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (12:39)

The European Union is a hot political topic and there are plenty of politicians willing to debate whether the UK should be 'in' or 'out', the future of the eurozone, or the repatriation of powers. Yet, although our membership of the EU affects almost every aspect of national life, not...

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Is Voting Going Out of Fashion?

(19) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (08:00)

It is often said that voter turnout is highly dependent on a closely fought election at which a lot is at stake. If so, then a global economic crisis, declining living standards, and an unpopular coalition government surely provide the essential ingredients for a high participation general election in 2015?

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Parliamentary Job-Sharing: A Marginal Solution to a Major Problem?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (08:07)

Concerned about the parlous state of women's political representation the Liberal Democrats are reportedly considering introducing a job-sharing option for their parliamentary candidates in the future. It sounds great in principle and it's been made to work in other employment sectors but it's completely uncharted territory for Westminster. How would...

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Europe: Adding a Democratic Crisis to an Economic One?

(8) Comments | Posted 14 December 2011 | (23:00)

Britain may have wielded its first ever veto in defence of the financial institutions in the City of London last week but an even bigger national, indeed universal interest, was also at stake: the very concept of parliamentary democracy itself.

In pursuit of greater fiscal integration the new agreement carved...

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