Politics professors pen 'essential accessory' for political anoraks

Written by Sebastian Whale on 19 August 2016 in Culture

“It’s like Sergeant Pepper but for political geeks.”

Political anoraks can rejoice. The "essential accessory" is said to be on the way - in the form of Philip Cowley and Robert Ford’s new book on electoral politics, which is set to hit shelves in September.

More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box is the professors’ in depth study on how we vote in Britain and around the world.

The book dispels the “myths of target voters”, assesses the rise of the British swing voter and looks at why the Labour party needs a lot of “earthquakes” to secure its way back to power, among other studies.

It comes after Cowley and Ford’s 2015 hit, Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box, which received wide-spread acclaim upon its release.

The sequel, edited by Cowley and Ford with a foreword by Spectator journalist Isabel Hardman, includes contributions from political professors, lecturers and aficionados.

Among those to pen chapters are Joe Twyman, YouGov’s head of political and social research, and Chris Terry, researcher at the Electoral Reform Society.

Twyman’s section looks at sexual happiness and political disposition – comparing satisfaction levels among those with a "very left-wing" outlook through to "very right-wing" voters.

Early signs are that Cowley and Ford are on to another winner, with pundits responding in glowing terms to their latest effort.

Channel 4 News political editor Gary Gibbon said: “Shrewd, witty, bravura de-bunking. The essential accessory for every political anorak. Each chapter is a cruel and forensic exposé of the ill-informed clichés of political reporting.

“This book must be banned. The country’s top political academics do their party pieces: bite-sized brilliant distillations of learning, like conjurers’ table magic.”

Special correspondent at the New Statesman, Stephen Bush, summed it up thus: “It’s like Sgt Pepper but for political geeks.”

More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box is available to pre-order on paperback from Biteback Publishing for 1 September.

Cowley is professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Ford is professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester.


Picture by: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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