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How do you become US President? video icon

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How do you become US President?

Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States today. Fancy running in 2024? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the system.

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Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists article icon

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Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists

In Sunday's [24th September 2017] election, the far-right AFD party won seats for the first time. Daniel Hough charts the rise of the party.

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What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term? article icon

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What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term?

Yesterday [24th September 2017] Angela Merkel won a fourth German Presidential election. But challenges from the edges of politics suggests this isn't going to be an easy few years for her. Patricia Hogwood explains why. 

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General Election 2017: A collection article icon

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General Election 2017: A collection

An extraordinary period in British political life, as seen by OpenLearn. Dig into our election coverage from the seven-week campaign nobody was expecting.

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Does maths offer a better model for multi-candidate elections? article icon

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Does maths offer a better model for multi-candidate elections?

First past the post - the tradition in UK general elections - isn't a great way to deliver the most agreeable result. Cristoph Borgers suggests we make it less of a horse race.

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How do you become British Prime Minister? video icon

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How do you become British Prime Minister?

Ever fancied running the country? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the political system.

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Election days: 1910 - Asquith rejects foreign interference article icon

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Election days: 1910 - Asquith rejects foreign interference

Campaigning for re-election in Scotland, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith tells foreign nations to keep their opinions to themselves...

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Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis! article icon

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Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis!

Following the death of MP Sir Simeon Stuart, 'Cato' circulated a flier imploring those who could vote to save Britain from what appeared to be terminal decline.

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Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers article icon

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Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers

The Peers of Scotland gather to select their representatives for the new Parliament of 1880. It's not a smooth process.

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Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger article icon

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Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger

It wasn't just farmers coming under pressure to vote against their interests in 1868, as this letter from the Daily News suggests

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How did Emmanuel Macron win the French Presidency? article icon

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How did Emmanuel Macron win the French Presidency?

Last night [7th May 2017], Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen. How did a man without an established party land the top job?

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Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148 article icon

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Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148

The radical John Wilkes had been pursued by the courts following his publication of a semi-pornographic parody of the work of Alexander Pope. His supporters returned him to the Commons as MP for Middlesex, but on the grounds of his conviction, Parliament had expelled him in February 1769, twice; and then again in March. He was re-elected every time. By April, the authorities came up with a way of avoiding the cat-and-mouse game: effectively refusing to acknowledge his win.

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