13
Nov
08

Conference reports – Day 2

Here are the write-ups from the second day of the conference. The three panels were based around the academic papers available on the site.

Chair: Andy Williamson, Hansard Society

Panel 1 – Process

  • New methods of engagement – Graham Smith, University of Southampton
  • Challenges of multi-level governance – Tony Travers, London School of Economics
  • Teaching Democracy – James Sloam, Royal Holloway College & Ben Kisby, University of Sheffield
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Panel 2 – Communication and participation

  • Failing of political parties – Paul Webb, University of Sussex
  • Failings of interest group – William Maloney, University of Newcastle
  • The role of new media – Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester
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Panel 3 – (re)engagement

  • Levels of participation and citizen attitudes – Paul Whiteley, University of Essex
  • Bridging the gap: Revitalising politics and the politics of public expectations – Matt Flinders, University of Sheffield
  • Involving Young People – Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool
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12
Nov
08

Conference reports – Day 1

Here are the informal write-ups of three of the sessions from Day 1 of the conference, they include:

06
Nov
08

Picture Gallery

Refresh your memories of the conference with the Revitalising Politics picture gallery………..

06
Nov
08

Keynote speech by Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

Download a copy of Hazel Blear’s keynote address here.

06
Nov
08

Keynote address by Chris Huhne MP

This is a transcript of Chris Huhne’s speech to the conference. Download full paper…

06
Nov
08

Revitalising politics: the eclipse of local government as the root of a problem

Tony Travers, London School of Economics and Political Science

The British system of government is often described as ‘centralised’. Decisions about both national and local issues are made at the core of Whitehall. This arrangement has evolved over many years, thoughit has intensified in the period since 1945. Moreover, despite widespread agreement that such a heavily centralised system is seriously imperfect, it has proved impossible to shift power away from the centre in England. Scotland and Wales provide a different narrative.

Download the full paper: Revitalising politics: the eclipse of local government as the root of a problem

05
Nov
08

British voters ‘turned off’ by media hype and cynical blogs

Corrosive cynicism, fuelled by politically nihilistic blogs and a retreat from dispassionate reporting, is endangering British political discourse, Hazel Blears, the communities secretary, will tell a Hansard Society conference today on growing political disengagement in Britain.

She will lambast the growth of a hermetically-sealed professional political class and call for a support network on the lines of the political women’s action group Emily’s List to help more people from ordinary careers into full-time politics.

In a hard-hitting speech, she will warn that the fall in turnouts among working class voters in some British cities is now so marked that it amounts to a reversal by stealth of 19th century reforms that spread the franchise. More…




Revitalising Politics is an examination of why, given that the UK is going through a period of constitutional innovation, we lack the revitalised politics to go along with it. This website is a space for attendees and others who are interested to review, comment and expand on the position papers being presented at the conference.

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