Citizens, parties and political action: Political participation and the UK General Election 2015

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The conference will explore developments in party politics and unfolding and uneven patterns of citizens' political participation in the UK and elsewhere across Europe.

  • From: Wednesday 4 February 2015, 12 am
  • To: Wednesday 4 February 2015, 12 am
  • Location: Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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Event details

Recent trends across Europe indicate that people of all ages and in all countries seem less committed to national political systems and mainstream political parties and increasingly susceptible to radical parties, and their rhetoric. They also appear to be deeply sceptical of governments and of the political classes in general.

The recent 2014 European Assembly elections are a case in point, with the lowest turnout rate since direct elections were first held 30 years ago. Furthermore, in many countries, significant numbers of people turned their backs on traditional and mainstream parties, choosing instead to vote for anti EU / anti-system parties.

The newly established Citizens, Parties and Political Action research group based within the Division of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University is pleased to invite you to this one day conference. The conference will explore developments in party politics and unfolding and uneven patterns of citizens' political participation in the UK and elsewhere across Europe. The conference will include panels that will focus on these linked areas:

  • Beyond the mainstream: Changes in party politics and the emergence of 'new' parties across the UK and Europe
  • Mobilising political action: The challenges of class, ethnicity, gender and age–based political participation inequalities.

The conference will culminate in a roundtable session, comprising national speakers as well as representatives from political parties and will address a question of crucial significance for the future health of UK democracy, "Should 16 and 17-year-olds be given the vote?"

Current invited speakers include:

  • Kenny Imafidon, Board of Trustees of the British Youth Council
  • Dr Andy Mycock, University of Huddersfield and former member of the UK Government Ministry of Justice Youth Citizenship Commission
  • Jane Hunt, Conservative Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Nottingham South
  • David Kirwan, Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Broxtowe
  • Michael Payne, Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Newark
  • Leon Duveen, Liberal Democrats Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Bassetlaw
  • Lee Waters, UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Gedling.

For conference attendance and registration please visit the online store.

If you are an NTU academic staff member and would like to book your place, please email the conference organiser.

Call for papers

The conference welcomes general participants, as well as people who would like to present their own research. If you would like to present your own research at the conference, then we invite paper proposals (oral presentations and poster presentations) on topics related to the conference-linked themes of political participation and political parties beyond the mainstream in the UK and across Europe.

We welcome abstracts of no more than 300 words including your name, title, email and institutional affiliation. Abstracts should be submitted by Monday 1 December by email to the conference organisers, with the subject heading "CPPA UK General Election 2015 Conference".

Programme

Programme: 

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Booking information

This conference invites citizenship and election professionals, academic researchers, early-career researchers and PhD candidates to share and develop their current research interests in political parties, elections and political participation.

To attend the main conference (one full day) please visit our online store to book your place. There is a nominal conference registration fee of £20 (£10 for doctoral and master's students). All prices are inclusive of VAT. Refreshments and lunch will be included in the conference registration fee. However, places will be limited so we would advise booking your place early to avoid disappointment.

If you are an NTU academic staff member and would like to book your place, please email the conference organiser.

Online Store Bookings

To attend the afternoon roundtable event, "Should 16 and 17-year-olds be given the vote?" please use the booking form available on this page to book your place, by clicking the add to basket option and following the booking process. This part of the event is free to attend and open to all.

Please note that the roundtable event is included in the main conference booking fee - so if choosing the main conference option, you do not also need to book separately for the roundtable event. Booking for the roundtable event only will not entitle attendance to the main conference.

Accommodation and Travel Information

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Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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