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Rules of the political game: why election law is not fit for purpose

Technology has changed the nature of campaigns yet regulation has not kept up

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Law seeks to regulate political activity in many ways. Sometimes the interplay of law and politics is dramatic. For example, in the US, the ancient legal weapon of impeachment looks as if it may be deployed against the sitting president. Back at home, in September, the Supreme Court of the UK declared that a parliament had not been prorogued and that a prime minister had been unlawful in advising the sovereign.

But there are many more mundane overlaps between law and politics that are…

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