Q-Step Podcast - How to Win Arguments with Numbers

How can we use numbers and statistics to understand the modern world? Find out in this podcast from the University of Kent's Q-Step centre. Each episode we talk to expert researchers about their work and expertise. In this series we follow the build up to the 2017 General Election

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Series 1: 2017 General Election

#9: GE2017 in Context. What does it mean for Europe?

Dr. Ben Leruth

Can we compare the results in the UK general election to the recent French election, and what does this tell us about the direction of politics in Europe? What implications does the election have for the future of the European Union? And can it tell us anything about the upcoming elections in Germany?

We discuss all this and more with Dr. Ben Leruth (Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, Canberra) , expert on European politics, public policy, euro-skepticism and European integration.

#8: What went wrong? A post-mortem of GE2017 polling

Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater

What went wrong with the polls at the general election? How did Jeremy Corbyn and labour do so much better than expected? How did Theresa May and the conservatives do so much worse? Can an alliance between the conservatives and the DUP last? Who would win a second general election called later in 2017?

In our general election post-mortem podcast, we discuss all this and more with regular guests Josh Townsley and Jack Birdgewater.

#7: Why are the polls so volatile, and would a Corbyn win mean "back to the drawing board"?

Dr. Laura Sudulich and Jack Bridgewater

Why have the polls been so volatile for this election, and what do they agree on? Would a Corbyn win mean “back to the drawing board” for British political science? What actually is an exit poll, and can we rely on the ones that will be published tomorrow?

In this podcast we discuss all of the above, plus our guests Dr. Laura Sudulich and Jack Bridgewater, give us their predictions for the election result.

#6: The use and misuse of statistics in the general election campaign

Dr. Rob de Vries

Can it really be true that there are high proportions of “normal working class kids” going to grammar schools, as Theresa May claims?

Do Corbyn’s claims that higher tuition fees mean less university applications add up?

And how accurate has the BBC’s portrayal of Labour’s tax plans been?

We investigate the use and misuse of evidence throughout the campaign with Dr Rob de Vries, Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology.

#5: Why Conservative policy could increase child poverty, and how the UK compares for families.

Dr Tina Haux [Recorded - 01/06/2017]

Could the Conservatives’ policy increase child poverty in the UK? Why does the UK place less emphasis on family policy than other countries? And what would a good family policy look like in the UK?

In the second of a series of podcasts focusing on parties' policies on particular issues, we discuss all this and more with Lecturer in Social Policy and Q-Step Centre Director Dr. Tina Haux.

#4: Could Theresa May really get a hung parliament, and what makes a good poll?


Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded - 01/06/2017]

Last night YouGov published a controversial study which predicted a hung parliament for the 2017 election (i.e. no party with enough seats for a majority). While Labour have been steadilly improving in the polls, this blows everything else out of the water. We explore how seriously we should take the model.

In a packed episode Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater also explain what a poll actually is, and what makes a good poll. On top of all this, we highlight some constituencies to watch on election night,

#3: Brexit Policy Special - The Strategy Behind Parties' Brexit Plans


Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 24/05/2017]

Why has Theresa May turned from quiet remainer to hard leaver? Why does Jeremy Corbyn face an uphill battle to unite Labour over Brexit? Has the Liberal Democrat gamble to gain the support of millions of frustrated remainers paid off?

In the first of series of podcasts focusing on parties' policies on particular issues, we discuss all this and more.

#2: Can a liberal alliance work? And a question from Joe's mum...


Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 24/05/17]

Can a liberal alliance between Labour and the liberal democrats succeed in keeping out the conservatives? Have the polls swung enough in the last few days to give labour a chance? And why can we trust the experts that say Jeremy Corbyn won't win when they said the same thing about Trump?

In our second polls podcast, we answer all this, as well as taking a question from co-host Joe's mum!

#1: Why listen to polls and what should Jeremy Corbyn do next?

Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater [Recorded 17/05/2017]

Why we should still take polls seriously? Are Labour still in with a chance? What should Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's strategies be in the final few weeks of the race?

In the first episode of How to Win Arguments with Numbers we discuss all this and more with Josh Townsley and Jack Bridgewater, PhD candidates in Politics and International Relations.




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