The PSA is committed to showcasing the valuable contributions from our journals, magazine, our members and other relevant sources as we approach the upcoming General Election. If any PSA members would like to submit a blog about the General Election to our website, please contact comms@psa.ac.uk.

Insights from Lord Norton of Louth: What if a PM resigns during an Election Campaign?

Read Lord Norton's insightful blog piece, "Constitutional Conundrums: What Happens if a Prime Minister Resigns During an Election Campaign?" for a detailed exploration of the complexities surrounding a Prime Minister's potential resignation. Lord Norton delves into the intricate constitutional issues and party dynamics that would arise if Rishi Sunak were to step down, examining legal challenges and historical precedents to illuminate this unprecedented scenario.

PSA's 2023 Annual Lecture

Our 2023 Annual Lecture, "Getting Under the Skin of General Election 24," featured distinguished speakers Professor Kate Dommett and Professor Sir John Curtice. They examined the dynamics of the campaign and how current research informs our understanding of likely voting behaviours.

Event Highlights:

  • Professor Kate Dommett discussed various aspects of campaigning, from AI and micro-targeting to the realities on the ground.
  • Professor Sir John Curtice examined public reactions to the upcoming General Election in his talk "A Return to Normality? The 2024(?) General Election."
  • The event concluded with a lively Q&A session led by Peter Geoghegan, editor of Political Insight magazine.

If you missed this live event, or want to revisit the discussions, you can watch the video here:

Latest from Political Insight

Stay informed with the latest edition of Political Insight magazine, which covers the most pressing topics and trends in political science.

This edition features articles on the impact of digital campaigning, voter behaviour, and electoral strategies. PSA members enjoy full access to all articles in the magazine and its wealth of knowledge. Read Political Insight's June 2024 issue here.

Open Access Articles:

 

Understanding Election '24 in 15 articles

To help make sense of the campaign, the Political Studies Association (PSA) and SAGE Publishing have brought together 15 of the most insightful articles from across our four journals: Political Studies, Political Studies Review, The British Journal of Politics & International Relations and Politics and the magazine, Political Insight. These articles designed to help you examine the complexities of the upcoming General Election, informed by the latest research and expert analysis over a range of topics, and include:

  • The public funding of election administration
  • Campaign strategies and voter behaviour
  • The impact of digital campaigns and transparency
  • Electoral pacts and tactical voting
  • The role of popular culture and media in shaping political perceptions

 

For a detailed look at these articles, visit the collection here: Understanding General Election 24.

Professor Richard Rose's Insights on Voter Engagement

Professor Richard Rose's opinion piece - "What People Do When They Are Not Voting?" - outlines his views on how everyday experiences shape voter decisions, and why personal perspectives matter more than statistics in understanding political engagement. Dive into his insights and learn more on electoral dynamics and citizen involvement here.

UK Election Analysis 2024 Report

The Election Analysis series is published by the Centre for Comparative Politics & Media Research at Bournemouth University, in partnership with the Political Studies Association (PSA), the PSA Media and Politics specialist group, and the Conversation UK.

The 2024 UK Election Analysis report will be published on Monday 15 July. Featuring more than 100 expert contributors, this publication will capture the immediate thoughts, reflections and early research insights on the 2024 UK General Election from the cutting edge of media and politics research.

It will be published just 10 days after the election, with short and accessible contributions. As with our previous reports, authors will provide authoritative analysis of the campaign, including research findings or new theoretical insights; to bring readers original ways of understanding the election.

If you are looking for an expert on a particular topic, you can search previous reports from 2015 onwards on the website or get in touch with the editorial team for a recommendation.

The Election Analysis website also features direct links to all election articles published in the Conversation.

PSA members who are interested in contributing to the report or the Conversation can also get in touch with the editorial team.

Website: https://www.electionanalysis.uk

Editorial team:

Bournemouth University - Prof Daniel Jackson, Prof Darren Lilleker, Prof Einar Thorsen, Prof Scott Wright

University of Leeds - Prof Julie Firmstone, Prof Katy Parry

University of Liverpool - Dr Emily Harmer

Electoral communication in 2024: Responding to a year of turbulence in media and politics

This is the theme of the PSA Media & Politics Specialist Group Annual Conference taking place January 8-9 2025. The conference will be held at the University of Birmingham, with keynotes from Dr Patricia Rossini (University of Glasgow) and Professor Darren Lilleker (Bournemouth University) .

The Media & Politics SG encourage applications from Early Career Researchers. They also offer reduced conference fees for PhD researchers/precarious workers and those participating remotely, and have a limited number of travel subsidies for PGRs.

Access the full Call for Papers.

The deadline for abstracts (250 words max) is Monday, 29 July 2024. We also welcome panel proposals of three to four papers. Please send to a.j.rhodes@bham.ac.uk.