This week on the podcast 45 degrees, the guest speaker was Eunice Ghose, a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and a professor at the University of Richmond in London for nearly 15 years. His main research areas are British politics and politics and the role of ideas and ideologies in political decisions.
UK politics has been in the news for a few years now, especially after the Brexit vote in 2016. Since then, instability permeated British politics. The Conservative Party, which has been in power for the past 12 years, has had its 4th leader since 2016 – and consequently, its 4th Prime Minister. The last change happened less than a month ago, when Boris Johnson left and Liz Truss won internal elections in a deeply divided Conservative Party. Upon his inauguration, the new prime minister announced a series of bold measures that have generated much criticism and negative reaction in the financial markets.
José María Pimentel brings 45 Cross Eunice Goes, Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond in London, to understand the origins of this instability in UK politics, the role of the two major parties and the peculiarities of the British political system. , which explains the deeper reasons for the instability of British politics in recent years.
In this talk, the political scientist examines the causes of instability in British politics, from Brexit to the existence of factions within the Conservative Party and the structure of the British electoral system that makes it difficult for other parties. express themselves.
But at the same time, there is a big mystery: with this instability and the Conservative Party already in government for 12 years, how could the Labor Party not assert itself as an alternative? Did Labor suffer from the right-wing bias the British press is often accused of? Hard press or not, the reality is that Labor is currently experiencing an identity crisis that can be framed in the crisis of European social democracy.
At the end of the conversation, Eunice Goes talks about an innovative initiative in her classes to improve learning and stimulate critical thinking among students.
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