Articles in this latest edition cover topics as diverse as political finance regulation, devolution, young people and the EU referendum, candidate campaigning in general elections, the policisation of abortion and the electoral success of women candidates, as well as reflections on the Turkish, Australian, Irish and EU Parliaments.
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- EDITOR’S CHOICE: ☆ ‘Taking Back Control’, the UK’s Constitutional Narrative and Schrodinger’s Devolution ☆ – Mark Sandford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan
- The Impact of Political Finance Regulation on Party Organisation – Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta, Joo-Cheong Tham, Zim Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson
- Electoral Accountability, Responsibility Attributions, and the Democratic Deficit in Devolved Wales – Einion Dafydd and Sanja Badanjak
- Resources, Values, Identity: Young Cosmopolitans and the Referendum on British Membership of the European Union – Rakib Ehsan and James Sloam
- Elite-Citizen Linkages and Issue Congruency under Competitive Authoritarianism – Marwa Shalaby and Abdullah Aydogan
- Minority Party Government and Independent MPs: A Comparative Analysis of Australia and Ireland – Glenn Kefford and Liam Weeks
- Conceived in Harlesden: Candidate-Centred Campaigning in British General Elections – Caitlin Milazzo and Joshua Townsley
- Understanding Legislative Speech in the Turkish Parliament: Reconsidering the Electoral Connection under Proportional Representation – Alper T Bulut and Emel İlter
- Competing Principals and Non-Vote Decisions in the European Parliament – Nuria Font
- Falling on Deaf Ears? Exploring the Effects of Newspaper Coverage of the European Parliament on Public Support for it – Olga Eisele
- The Politicisation of Abortion, Voters’ Stereotypes and the Electoral Success of Women Candidates – Agnes Blome, Anouk Lloren and Jan Rosset
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