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For academic, media and other enquiries, please contact Lee Jarvis on +44 (0)1603 59 2356 or

If you are interested in contributing to Talking Shop based on your own experiences please send an email to the project team on Although there is flexibility, contributors are typically asked to write somewhere between 200-500 words on a question about the fundamentals of British politics.

We are, of course, happy to discuss ideas with potential contributors, but examples of the type of question we have in mind are as follows:

What is politics?
What is government for?
Why should people get involved in politics?
Why should young people get involved in politics?
Who has power in British politics?
Is politics an art or a science?
How useful is the language of left-wing and right-wing today?
What makes a good politician?
What makes a good minister?
What is the UK’s role in the world?
What drives UK foreign policy?
What is the national interest?
What would politics look like without the party system?
Why can’t ministers/politicians admit to mistakes?
What does Britishness mean?
Who has power in British politics?
How important is class in British politics today?
What is the role of the House of Lords?
What is the role of the House of Commons?
What is the role of Parliament?
What reforms, if any, does Parliament need?
Why are people nowadays disappointed with politics?
Has there been a change in the way the UK does politics?
Are the major political parties facing a ‘crisis of legitimacy’?
Why do the British public feel that the political class is ‘out of touch’?
Does nationalism have a future in a globalising world?
Are we witnessing a new era of consensus?
Why should we vote?
Is the UK experiencing a problem with voter apathy? If so, what can be done about it?
Should we embrace new technologies when it comes to voting, and would this make voting more appealing to younger generations?
Why must first-time voters exercise their right to vote?
Do politicians listen to young people?
Why have political parties changed the ways in which they choose their leaders?
Why is the EU such a divisive topic in Britain’s political debate?
Why is Britain more Eurosceptic than most other European nations?
Can British Euroscepticism be rationally justified?
Why do British people feel threatened by EU recommendations?
What are the advantages of liberal democracy over other forms of political system?
What reforms (if any) are necessary to make the British political system more democratic?
Are coalition governments more democratic than single-party governments?
Does the British party system promote or hinder liberal democratic ideals?
Has multiculturalism failed in the UK?
Should UK immigration policy be based on a “points” system, or a “quota” system, or neither?
Does Britain benefit from immigrants? If so, how?
Why is the British public concerned about immigration?
Is the NHS in need of reform? If so, what?
Should the NHS be seen as a business or a service?
Whose responsibility is our health: the government’s or the individual’s?
Has devolution been a success in the UK?
Is devolution sleepwalking Britain towards fragmentation?
Is independence the inevitable end of devolution?
How successful have official development policies been?
To what extent is capitalism compatible with a comprehensive welfare provision?
Is homelessness in Britain an increasing problem?
Has privatisation gone too far in the United Kingdom?
Is it time to end election fund-raising?
Is the business sector too influential in British politics?
Are trade unions too influential in British politics?
Are pressure groups too influential in British politics?
What obstacles stand in the way of international cooperation over climate change?
What can be done by governments to help stop climate change?
What is gender, and how does it affect British politics?
Is there a lack of gender balance in positions of power? If so, why?
Is British politics still ‘a man’s game’?
Should higher education in the UK be free?
How could politics and education be brought together?
What are the major challenges to the UK’s national security?


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