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Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley

Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex

My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.

Is Britain heading for Canada plus plus Brexit?

Dec 16, 2018 10:27 am UTC| Insights & Views

Theresa Mays successful defence of her leadership has left her weakened, particularly since she had to give an assurance that she would not stay on as leader after the negotiations with the EU are complete to convince some...

Underpaid, overworked and drowning in debt: you wonder why young people are voting again?

Oct 08, 2017 02:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The 2017 general election was highly unusual as far as the youth vote was concerned. The Labour party won 65% the lions share of the youth vote. The nearest comparisons are with 1964 and 1997. In both those years, Labour...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Is this really the Brexit election?

Apr 30, 2017 14:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The rapidly approaching 2017 general election has already been dubbed the Brexit election. Many assume that Brexit will be the decisive issue in the campaign. A recent poll by IPSOS-MORI suggests that just over half of...

Down but not out: diagnosing UKIP's biggest problems

Mar 18, 2017 06:55 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

UKIP seems to have lurched from crisis to crisis since achieving its founding ambition to take the UK out of the European Union. However, UKIP still has noteworthy support. It might be down, but it certainly isnt...

US Election Series

Four possible explanations why most of the polls got the US election wrong

Nov 10, 2016 22:24 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

In the US presidential election, the final poll of polls compiled by Real Clear Politics predicted that Hillary Clinton would win 46.8% of the popular vote and Donald Trump 43.6%. In the end, Clinton won 47.7% and her...

Briferendum Series

Why did older voters choose Brexit? It's a matter of identity

Jun 26, 2016 19:10 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Just a few days before the EU referendum on June 19 and 20 we carried out an internet survey of the electorate in Britain and asked more than 2,100 people how they were planning to vote. Some 49% of respondents...

Briferendum Series

Poll of polls: how worried should Remain be as voters come off fence?

Jun 15, 2016 07:47 am UTC| Insights & Views

The campaign to keep Britain in the EU has suffered a significant blow at a crucial point in the EU referendum battle with an ICM poll putting Leave further ahead than ever before. The poll, published by The Guardian,...

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Economy

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Australians saved rather than spent most of the budget tax cuts, almost doubling the proportion of household income saved, leaving spending languishing. The September quarter national accounts show that in the first...

A global downturn looks likely, yet it's being totally ignored in the UK election

For all the marked policy differences between the different parties in the UK election, they share a common blindspot. They all seem to assume that the UK is the sole determiner of its economic fate. There is nothing in...

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africas urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity. The countrys...

Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina

President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on Brazil and Argentina after accusing them of manipulating their currencies to boost exports. It wasnt the first time Trump has labeled another country a currency manipulator...

How to protect the NHS in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US

A US-UK trade deal is being negotiated, and drug prices are a key issue. Several US officials are demanding that foreign countries pay higher prices to US drug companies. The UK government is denying that drug prices will...

Politics

Ivanka Trump showed her support to Donald Trump at the signing of new EO related to anti-Semitism

Ivanka Trump showed her undying support to her father, Donald Trump, when she appeared at the Hanukkah reception at the White House yesterday, Dec. 10. She arrived with her husband Jared Kushner and together with First...

Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump are not close but there is no feud, new book suggests

The relationship of Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump behind the cameras is probably one of the most speculated aspects of the Trump family dynamic since they occupied the White House. It was then not surprising that the...

Hong Kong: when the citizen-birds rebel

Over the past year, a number of nations around the world have been the scene of tumultuous popular protests, including Lebanon, Algeria, Bolivia, Chile and even France. While the protests in Hong Kong bear some...

Michelle Obama did not favor the initial draft of Barack Obama's official portrait, artist reveals

It has been more than a year since the official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled. However, a piece of interesting behind-the-scenes information was revealed on Monday by Kehinde Wiley, the artist...

Rick Perry's belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement

In a recent interview with Fox News, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry stated that Donald Trump was chosen by God to be president. He said throughout history God had picked imperfect people such as King David or Solomon to...

Science

Particle X17: Mysterious particle can potentially be the 'fifth force of nature', experts say

Over time, more and more discoveries are being made in Science, and it still continues today. Scientists have made a breakthrough in discovering a particle that could potentially be the fifth force of nature. Express...

The big one: Cascadia fault can potentially trigger San Andreas and cause major earthquake

With the news of many natural calamities that have affected the West in recent years, it appears that another one may occur. A new report reveals that the Cascadia fault can once again trigger San Andreas, therefore...

NASA: Time-lapse video reveals the speed of melting glaciers

Climate change is affecting the Earth on an alarming scale, resulting in protests calling for politicians to take action regarding this matter. NASA also gets in on raising awareness for climate change, and this time-lapse...

ESA’s space robot can only complete its mission by committing ‘suicide’

Propelled by the U.S. and Russias space race, mankind finally learned to launch a man-made object into space in 1957 with Sputnik 1. While space exploration is relatively new, the space near the earth is surprisingly...

Mars mission: Expert says to focus on Earth

Many countries who have succeeded in their efforts to travel to space are now thinking of the possibilities of colonizing a neighboring planet, such as Mars. However, one expert believes otherwise and says that before...

Technology

‘World of Warcraft: Classic’ tips for playing in the Warsong Gulch battlegrounds

The time for World of Warcraft: Classic players to bust out their PvP skills has come as Blizzard finally launched the Warsong Gulch (WSG) and Alterac Valley battlegrounds. These recently added gameplay features will let...

Hero8 Black deals with up to $100 savings are now live on GoPro’s website

The holiday starts early for GoPro as the company announces several deals and promos, allowing tech fans to purchase one of its latest cameras, the Hero8 Black. The action camera maker has launched holiday deals where...

Pocophone F2’s rumored standard RAM is expected at 6GB

Many tech fans around the world were counting on Pocophone F2 to be announced this year. While Xiaomi and its sub-brand Poco are still mum on the devices arrival, the rumor mill is not. Several specs speculations over the...

‘NBA 2K20’ includes LeBron James, Anthony Davis top MVP picks

As the NBA season 2019-20 completes it the first couple of months, the NBA 2K20 overall player ratings have been adjusted several times with some of the players moving up the ladder and others lose a point or two. But with...

Nintendo Switch games, promos go live for the holidays

Starting this week, a total of 10 games from the indie developer QubicGames can be downloaded for free on Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, several retailers have already announced deals for purchasing the portable console this...
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