Politics is both a ‘real world’ activity and an academic discipline. Talking Shop is a new research project that aims to bridge these two fields by publishing ‘insider’ responses to the most fundamental questions of British politics. Contributors to this project have all been involved in the working of politics across the United Kingdom. Talking Shop asks them to reflect on those experiences in order to engage with the types of question that are central to the analysis of contemporary political life. The types of question, in other words, with which students of British politics grapple in their studies.
These questions include, amongst many others:
– What is politics?
– What is government for?
– Who has power within British politics today?
– What is the role of the House of Lords?
– Has the nature of British politics changed?
– Is British politics still a ‘man’s game’?
– Why should young people engage with politics?
– Why should we vote?
We are delighted that so many people have been willing to share their own understandings of the workings of the British political system. On this site you will find discussion from local, regional and national politicians, alongside many others.
Talking Shop has no party political agenda or interest, and we are committed to publishing a diverse range of views and opinions. The project emerges out of a research collaboration between academics in the University of East Anglia, UK; Oxford Brookes University, UK; and Australian National University, Australia. Much of the day-to-day work is undertaken by a team of talented undergraduate students within the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.
We gratefully acknowledge the University of East Anglia Annual Fund for their funding and support for the project.