Monday, 26 September 2016

US Presidential debates - free academic resources.

This week the US presidential election campaign debates start . According to the Wall Street Journal 34% of US voters said that their choice was influenced by them.

Here are some recommended resources for academic research.

What are the debates when will they take place?

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) plans to hold four debates for the 2016 U.S. presidential general election, in September and October 2016 – three of them involving presidential nominees and one involving vice-presidential nominees.The first debate will be held on September 26.
Another debate is being organised by Fair and Free elections.

News services
The following have news on the debates plus polls.
News Central  (independent site)- debate schedule   
election app

News app

Real Clear Politics.

Google Trends

Debates international covers political campaign debates worldwide it includes news and academic research on their relevance to elections

Social Media

MIT Media Lab’s Electome Project will be analyzing Twitter conversations about the election and will be offering a web-based dashboard in the debate site media filing centers that journalists can use to track and visualize how these conversations are changing before, during and after each debate.
The Social Media Analytic Command Center at Illinois State University will be examining the debates through public conversations from social media outlets, popular websites, and major blogs from eight different states. On their website and social media accounts, SMACC researchers will be displaying these social media conversations in dynamic charts, graphs, and other visualizations.


The Museum has clips from all earlier televised debates from the 1960s onwards  and a well written history of them. from 1960-2000 there are clips and photos from 2000 onwards video films.There are also classroom activities.
The Commission on presidential debates has transcripts from 1960 onwards.
C-span has online videos from presidential debates from 1988 onwards 

Teaching materials
C-Span classroom has a large collection of materials for teachers.
Bill of Rights Institute has lesson plans for educators.

Useful comment
New Yorker - is the system broken?
Debates international covers political campaign debates worldwide it includes news and academic research on their relevance to elections

Monday, 8 August 2016

Thailand referendum 2016 - Useful academic resources

Thailand has approved a new constitution. In a referendum citizens voted in favour of the amendments presented by the military.

A concise useful briefing to the referendum is provided on the Guardian website
IFES also has some basic background 

Official information is on the Thailand Electoral Authority website. Although at present English is limited.
Analysis of the content of the new constitution is on the Global Legal Monitor site of the Library of Congress

Anfrel (Asian Network for Free Elections) has a copy in English of the voting procedure booklet for citizens.
It also has a country profile with links to relevant legislation and electoral resources for Thailand.

News coverage
The Nation has news stories in English
Bangkok Post

Background information on human rights in the region
Try Amnesty International.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung - Thailand Office conducts work in Thailand its website has discussion on the state of rights

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

USA 2016: Republican Convention- our free links

This week the Republican Convention is being held in Cleveland.
This is a key stage in the USA election process.  Administered by the Republican National Committee, the main purpose is to nominate an official candidate in an upcoming U.S. presidential election, to adopt the party platform and rules for the election
for an  example of the process of nomination see the Wall Street Journal.

 The official website has an app where you can watch proceedings and get lists of speakers. The Twitter feed links to accounts of events.

The Republican National Committee has press releases
See the official 2016 platform which it adopted.
Updates are also on Twitter.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Are British people Eurosceptic?

Following the Brexit vote.

The Guardian reported on family arguments concerning in or out voting decisions.

Indeed commentators have reported a generational pattern in voting.  BBC analysis showed 73% of 18-24 year olds voted remain compared to 40% of over 65.
while the
FT blog showed that areas with a younger population typically had a lower turnout which might explain the out victory.

The Pew Research Center Global Attitudes  2016 survey of  citizens in European nations
found that in most European nations young people had a more favourable view of the EU than older citizens,  but in many cases nations as a whole were experiencing a sharp dip in public support for EU membership amongst their citizens

Questions regarding British attitudes towards European are not new.

In 2008 Charles Grant,  Center for European Reform,  published an article entitled: Why is Britain Eurosceptic? which gave 4 answers . Download the text to see what they were!

European Sources Online has a great guide to historic key sources on Euroscepticism. This was  produced in 2015and highlights key documents and organisations taken from its resources . You can also keep up to date on the latest news and links to official EU and commentator documents by searching the main website

Key resources for tracing historic trends of British towards Europe can be found in the Eurobarometer public opinion polls conducted by the European Commission.The standard polls regularly measure levels of trust in the EU and perceptions of EU image. Data is available for individual nations allowing long term tracing of trends.

Eurobarometer levels of trust image of EU in European nations.
The most recent standard barometer was issued in  November 2015 and makes interesting reading as it shows a majority of British people interviewed thought Britain would be better outside the EU.
Older materials can be accessed via UK data Archive from 1974 onwards. The Data Archive blog has also produced an excellent on other key datasets which it can make available to researchers. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

EU referendum reactions

David Cameron's speech on the outcome of the referendum
Chancellor statement 27th June 
Bank of England Statement 24th June 
Financial conduct Authority - 24th June

Out and down: Mapping the impact of Brexit EIU report 

House of Commons Library papers on aspects of the vote.
Brexit how did the UK vote? (blog posting)
Brexit: what happens next?
Tax after the EU referendum
Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal
Pensions after the EU referendum
Financial services after the referendum

Political responses.
Mayor of London 
Jeremy Corbyn Labour - statement on Twitter. 
Tim Farron - Liberal Democrats
Green Party
SNP Nicola Sturgeon reaction
Plaid Cymru
Sinn Fein  second 
statement on Ireland referendum 
Ulster Unionists 
Donald Trump 
London Councils
European Commission 
European Parliament reaction.look on the right for press releases from individual groups.

Institute of Directors. 
Federation of Small Businesses 
London Stock Exchange 
Rolls Royce 

British Bankers Association
Church of England
Russell Group of Universities
British Association of Social Workers. 
CIPD - HR organisation
Five big issues for the NHS - Kings Fund 

Ratings agencies

trade unions.
Working people must not pay the price for the vote to Leave: a national action plan to
protect the economy, jobs and workers’ rights
General Medical Council