Feb
19
Tue
Udit Bhatia (Oxford) – What’s the Party Like? The Normative Starus of the Political Party in South Asia @ Fellows' Dining Room, St Antony's College
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Abstract:
Current commentary in legal and political philosophy conceptualises political parties either as private organisations, immune from legal regulation in their internal affairs, or as quasi-public institutions, where the state may justifiably mandate certain internal regulations. I argue that, in jurisdictions with anti-defection laws, neither conception accounts for the normative status of the political party. Instead, the party ought to be conceptualised as a legislative actor. This paper then examines how conceptualising the party in this way can affect the way in which we understand the relationship between the law and a party. I explore three possible avenues of legal regulation of parties: the process of candidate selection, the selection of party leaders, and interaction between a party and its parliamentary wing. I argue that conceptualising the party as a legislative entity has the most salient implications for the third of these: the interaction between the extra-parliamentary organisation and the parliamentary party.
About the Speaker:
Udit Bhatia is a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at Jesus College and Lecturer in Political Theory at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. His research interests lie at the intersections of democratic theory, social epistemology and constitutional law. He is currently working on the ethics of partisanship and the regulation of political parties.

Feb
21
Thu
100 years on from ‘Homes fit for Heroes’; Sian Berry, Co-leader of the Green Party on the local authority’s responsibility to provide decent housing. @ Open House Oxford
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
100 years on from 'Homes fit for Heroes'; Sian Berry, Co-leader of the Green Party on the local authority's responsibility to provide decent housing. @ Open House Oxford

Two-thousand and nineteen marks the centenary of the Addison Act, the housing legislation which realised Lloyd-George’s ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ and the start of a nationwide system of state-owned housing that has lasted most of the 20th Century. Half a million homes were promised and a system of open-ended Treasury grants were made available to local councils to build.

One hundred years have now passed since local authorities in the UK where given the responsibility and the resource to provide decent housing for the working person. Whilst the responsibility remains, the conditions under which housing is to be provided have undergone a seismic shift.

Join us from 19.30 – 21.00 on Thursday 21st February as we explore how the cities of London and Oxford are working to meet this responsibility and provide decent housing for working class people.

We’ll be joined by Sian Berry, Co-Leader of the Green Party, Local Councillor for Camden and Chair of the London Assembly’s Housing Committee and Stephen Clarke, Head of Housing and Property Services for Oxford City Council.

Tickets are free but you must register to attend.

We strive to make all events at Open House as accessible as possible. You can read more about the venue on our website. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Feb
23
Sat
Jeremy Heywood: his life and his legacy @ Oxford Martin School
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jeremy Heywood: his life and his legacy @ Oxford Martin School

An afternoon of celebration and debate marking the legacy of former Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood.

Feb
25
Mon
Political Parties and Democracy in the City: Mobilisation, Participation and Representation in Buenos Aires – Sam Halvorsen @ John Henry Brookes Building (JHB) Room 204
Feb 25 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Apr
4
Thu
George Monbiot – ‘Enivornmental Breakdown – and how to stop it’ – GPES Annual Lecture 2019. Oxford Brookes University. @ Oxford Brookes, Gipsy Lane Campus - Clerici Building - SKW Hall (Flat)
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
George Monbiot - 'Enivornmental Breakdown - and how to stop it' - GPES Annual Lecture 2019. Oxford Brookes University. @ Oxford Brookes, Gipsy Lane Campus - Clerici Building - SKW Hall (Flat)

The Global Politics, Economy and Society (GPES) Research Centre at Oxford Brookes will be hosting its first annual lecture, given by the writer and activist George Monbiot. All welcome, but please book via the registration link.