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Opinion: 3 days on Rebels and Radicals – a review of the Political Studies Association Conference

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This year’s annual conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA) was held in Manchester, with the theme of Rebels and Radicals. For three days last week, PSA members attended panels, caught up with colleagues and drained the city’s bars. The conference, as ever, as is a fantastic place to take stock of evolving research and teaching practice across the discipline, meeting up with fellow academics at all stages of their careers to swap ideas and catch up.

As last year,

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A longer read for the weekend: How important will incumbency be to the Lib Dems in 2015?

Liberal Democrat badge - Some rights reserved by Paul Walter, Newbury, UKLast year I wrote a piece, So, about that Lib Dem wipeout in 2015 then…, highlighting that – though the polls are grim for the Lib Dems – the assumption of many pundits that this will automatically translate into Lib Dem annihilation at the next election is flawed.

That brief analysis was based on looking at the lists of Lib Dem-held seats that Labour and the Tories are targeting. Now Craig Johnson from Newcastle University has taken a more …

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Political Studies Association Conference Report: from Cameron to Galloway

The annual conference of the Political Studies Association (PSA) offers the discipline a chance to get together, share ideas and support the publicans of a particular city for a few days. This year, it was hosted by the city of Cardiff, the last of a four-year tour of the capitals of the UK. As a young PhD student, these conferences offer me a chance to not only meet and get merry with more senior academics; they also let you see how the discipline is evolving through panels and papers, as well as more informal sessions.

What is always disappointing …

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    The problem with not telling the truth, is you have to remember lie. Lies come to the surface sooner or later. In the Commons there needs to be thoughts, on...
  • Nonconformistradical
    @Catherine Jane Crosland "It seems rather harsh to say “the whole party is rotten” (of the conservatives). Surely there are plenty of decent, honourable co...
  • Martin
    There can be very little positive in tolerating a Prime Minister that lies to parliament, just as there is next to nothing positive in giving a free pass to min...
  • Evan Harris
    Great article John. I remember Ronnie fondly. He was the complete opposite, in so many way, to lots of us in the 1997 intake, but was the life and soul of t...
  • Catherine Jane Crosland
    Humphrey, It seems rather harsh to say "the whole party is rotten" (of the conservatives). Surely there are plenty of decent, honourable conservatives, who may ...