Toby James
Dr. Toby James is Lecturer in British politics, University of East Anglia.

He is author of the book Elite Statecraft and Election Administration (Palgrave 2012). His research interests include British politics, election law, political leadership and the policy process.

At the University of East Anglia he convenes the Parliamentary Research Internship Scheme.

Entries by Toby James

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

(2) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (16:49)

One result of our globalised, Internet-ready world is that it if something's broken, it's much easier to learn from others about how to fix it. You Google it, or you head to YouTube. You connect with people from across the planet, and you make use of shared experiences.

In Britain,...

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National Voter Registration Drive: A Reminder That Millions Are Missing From the Electoral Register

(5) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (23:00)

Monday's Guardian led with news that 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register following changes to the way that citizens register to vote. If that figure is accurate, that's 800,000 people without a voice in year with crucial elections in Scotland, Wales, London - as well as...

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Five Tests for the Next Labour Leader

(4) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (00:00)

Selecting a replacement for Ed Miliband has turned into an existential moment for the Labour Party, and become one of the most important crossroads in modern British politics. After Blairite candidates lined up to claim that the party needed to listen to 'aspiration' in the immediate aftermath of the general...

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Voter ID in Britain? A Note of Caution from Academic Research

(8) Comments | Posted 8 January 2014 | (08:57)

The Electoral Commission has proposed that citizens should be required to show identification such as their passport or driving licence to prove their identity at polling stations.

My research shows some evidence of declining confidence in the process of casting a vote. Speaking to electoral administrators recently, many...

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Electoral Registration Changes Hit a Set-Back: A New Way Forward

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (14:04)

There was bad news for British democracy on Wednesday. The new system of electoral registration being introduced in Britain next year hit a set-back.

Soon, every citizen in Britain will need to register individually and provide key personal identifiers in order to register. When this was introduced in Northern Ireland...

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How Could the PCC elections Have Been Better Run?

(9) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (15:27)

The UK is having its first elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) today, (Thursday 15 November).

Citizens will have the chance to elect an official who will have the powers to:

  • appoint and dismiss chief constables
  • set out a five-year police and crime plan
  • determine local policing...
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