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A detailed analysis of the 2024 UK General Election, as it proceeds, by academics based at the School of Policy and Global Affairs, City, University of London. Participants: Professor Michael Ben-Gad, Dr Lise Butler, Professor Charles Lees, Professor Ian Pace, Professor Chris Rojek, Dr Konstantin Vossing. Produced and edited by Maria Martinez-Ugartechea. Overall coordination and production by Ian Pace. Music played by Ian Pace.

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A detailed analysis of the 2024 UK General Election, as it proceeds, by academics based at the School of Policy and Global Affairs, City, University of London. Participants: Professor Michael Ben-Gad, Dr Lise Butler, Professor Charles Lees, Professor Ian Pace, Professor Chris Rojek, Dr Konstantin Vossing. Produced and edited by Maria Martinez-Ugartechea. Overall coordination and production by Ian Pace. Music played by Ian Pace.

    Episode 04: Rishi Sunak’s Epic Fail

    Episode 04: Rishi Sunak’s Epic Fail

    In this episode we welcome our guest contributor Professor Tim Bale (Queen Mary, University of London) who talks with Professor Charles Lees about why the media’s use of Vox Pops is a waste of time and also how the Prime Minister’s week badly unravelled, following his unexpectedly strong performance in the first Leadership Debate on Tuesday.
    We ask what on earth where he and his team thinking when he left the D Day celebrations on Thursday. We then move on to strategy and discuss whether Isaac Levido’s stewardship of the Conservative campaign is as effective as expected or if there is more to the Tory campaign than the highly visible ‘air war’.
    Professor Chris Rojek and Dr Lise Butler throw light on historical comparisons from Canada and beyond and we discuss the lessons of Margret Thatcher’s 1970-1983 government as a template for how a future Starmer government might start to move the dial on what is politically possible following their various campaign pledges.

    • 34 min
    Episode 03: What Kind of Society are the Main Parties in this Election trying to Build?

    Episode 03: What Kind of Society are the Main Parties in this Election trying to Build?

    The third episode of City Politicos’ 2024 Election podcast is hosted by Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at City, University of London. He is joined by Michael Ben-Gad, Professor of Economics, and Ian Pace, Professor of Music, Culture and Society. They discuss the effect of voting of Nigel Farage’s return to organized politics. What are the main differences between the Parties with respect to the society that they are trying to build in the next 5 years? They also consider such issues as the two main party leaders’ stance on defence, what a Kemi Badenoch Conservative leadership might mean for British politics, and the prospects both in the former Labour seats known as the ‘Red Wall’, and the possibility of a new ‘Blue Wall’ of previously solid Conservative seats which could be lost at this election.’

    • 33 min
    Episode 02: Issues or Personalities? The Theatre of Politics

    Episode 02: Issues or Personalities? The Theatre of Politics

    The second episode of City Politicos' 2024 Election Podcast is hosted by Ian Pace, Professor of Music, Culture and Society at City, University of London, and coordinator of this podcast. He is joined by Dr Lise Butler, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, and Konstantin Vössing, Reader in International Politics. They discuss the situations of Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott, the polls predicting a huge Labour victory, and especially the question of politics as a form of performance and theatre, in the run-up to the first TV leaders' debate. To what extent is wider political discourse and public opinion informed by rational discussion of issue, to what extent by the personalities of those involved? The panellists take quite distinct views on this subject, leading into wider discussions of populism, technocracy and more.

    • 50 min
    Episode 01: Welcome to City Politicos

    Episode 01: Welcome to City Politicos

    The starting pistols have been fired for the UK 2024 general election. In the first episode of City Politicos: Counting Down to the UK 2024 Election, academics from the School of Policy and Global Affairs at City, University of London, discuss the questions that face the country five weeks before the general election. Are the Tories making policy on the fly, and how seriously should we take their policy offer? How is the Labour Party positioning itself in terms of political strategy, and what will we see in their manifesto? How could the campaign develop over the next five weeks? Is the election a sure bet for Labour, and could anything get in the way of their chances at government? And what does the campaign so far tell us about the future of right-wing populism in the UK?
    Bringing together insights from across the social sciences, the humanities and beyond, the City Politicos panel puts the election in wider social, historical, and geographical context and asks how the next five weeks could change UK politics as we know it.

    • 54 min

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