Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

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
  • [Download]

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
  • [Download]

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
  • [Download]
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

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

03
Sep
08

Revitalising Politics: Have we lost the plot?

Welcome to ‘Revitalising Politics: Have we lost the plot?’, a two-day mini conference being held at Parliament on 5-6 November 2008.

Revitalising Politics is jointly organised by the Hansard Society and Professors Gerry Stoker (University of Southampton) and Colin Hay (University of Sheffield), two of the UK’s leading academics in the field of political studies. The conference theme 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.

The conference will examine the Government’s proposals to address the current low levels of political participation, as outlined in the Ministry of Justice’s National Framework for Greater Citizen Engagement and the Ministry of Communities and Local Government’s White Paper Communities in Control. The conference explores whether these recommendations fully recognise the scale, depth and nature of the democratic political malaise we face and examine alternative proposals.

Speakers and delegates will be invited to the conference from across the main political parties, policy institutes, universities and the media to ensure that a broad cross-section of views is represented.

Sorry, but due to space limitations this is a closed event and attendance is by invitation only.




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.

twitter
Follow the conference on Twitter

More...