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House of Commons - Voting and Inequality

Laurie Taylor hears about the hidden workings of Parliament. Also, what is the relationship between voter turnout and inequality?

The House of Commons - an anthropologist's guide to the political 'tribe'. Emma Crewe, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, spent two years doing interviews in the Palace of Westminster and MPs constituencies. She talks to Laurie Taylor about her study, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the hidden mechanisms of parliamentary democracy. She's joined by Lord Daniel Finkelstein, political commentator and associate editor at The Times.

Also, Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, asks if inequality impacts on rates of voting in general elections.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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28 minutes


Professor Anne Phillips at the LSE

Emma Crewe at SOAS 

Daniel Finkelstein, Associate Editor at the Times and politician

Anne Phillips will be taking part in a British Academy Debate on Wednesday 19th October at 6.30pm at the Royal Society, London - 'Can Reversing Inequalities Revive Politics?


Emma Crewe, The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work, (Bloomsbury, 2015)

Anne Phillips, The Politics of the Human, (Cambridge University Press, 2015)


  • Wed 19 Oct 2016 16:00
  • Mon 24 Oct 2016 00:15

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