Mercury Prize 2022: what rapper Little Simz’ win says about the UK independent music scene

John Street Emeritus Professor of Politics, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia Speaking after she won the 2022 Mercury Music Prize, Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, aka Little Simz, was clearly honoured to be given the award. It wasn’t about the money (£25,000), or at least it wasn’t…

Who runs elections and how can they be improved? Independence, resources and workforce conditions are essential for electoral integrity

In new research published about how elections are run around the world, Toby S. James, Leontine Loeber, Holly Ann Garnett and Carolien van Hamfind that organisational independence matters for well-run elections, and that election management could be improved with more resources, improved working conditions for election employees – and a better gender balance in…
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