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date: 26 January 2022

p. 1107. Whither British politics?locked

p. 1107. Whither British politics?locked

  • Tony Wright


The future shape of British politics is impossible to predict. ‘Whither British politics?’ explores what happens when representative democracy collides with direct democracy and parliamentary sovereignty with popular sovereignty. While the recent turbulence has led some MPs to discover that they have more in common with each other than their respective parties, no cross-party collaboration has taken place and unresolved questions about Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are back on the table. Despite the erosion of some of its foundations, the party system survives. Following the 2019 election of a Conservative government with a majority, it remains to be seen whether the crisis will lead to meaningful political reinvention.

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