What Have We Learned from Manifestos Mapping so Far?

With all of the major party manifestos systems-mapped, we're looking at what insights can be gained from the data.

What Have We Learned from Manifestos Mapping so Far?

With all of the major party manifestos systems-mapped, we're looking at what insights can be gained from the data.

Last year, the Young Leaders put together a document highlighting what climate action they believed needed to be taken in the UK based on mapping existing policies up and down the country. Now that we have the main party manifestos on the OnePlanet platform, we’ve begun comparing what they propose with the Young Leaders Climate Action Manifesto.

Seb Mortimer - Young Leader:

‘Systems mapping the 2024 party manifestos allows for a more nuanced look into what they say, it allows the viewer to see the manifestos in the context of one another and the shared outcomes presented. Reading the manifestos independently, never mind concurrently can leave you confused about what the outcomes of each party are. Using different language, levels of detail and emotion to refer to nearly everything can give a confused and conflicting impression of what the manifestos aim to achieve.

However, the majority of the parties, want many of the same things and there is a lot of cross-over between the aims and outcomes of the manifestos, the differences lie in how these parties prioritise these issues, and how they propose achieving their goals. Viewing the manifestos in a common medium, with common shared outcomes allows the viewer to make more sense of the differences (and similarities) of each party manifesto.’  

Pooran Desai - CEO:

‘One thing that really struck me as we looked through the systems-mapping of the manifestos was just how different the mindsets were behind them. At two ends of the spectrum, the Reform Party was more about addressing short-term fears, not least around immigration, while the Green Party was more about long term hopes.

It made me wonder: Is the conversation we should be having be as much to explore hopes and fears openly and honestly as about the specifics of policy? As hopes and fears go deep, such a process may need an approach of on-going long term citizen engagement, punctuated by elections. Given how complicated the world is now, new participatory processes may be essential.’ 

Stats from our analysis so far*:

In Short:

  • The Lib Dems Manifesto is positively addressing the highest number of the Young Leaders’ Shared Outcomes (SOs) from the Manifesto (23/32).

  • Reform is performing worst against this measure, with 2/32 positively addressed SOs and 9 negatively addressed, giving a final score of –7.

  • So far, we are yet to find any direct mentions of transitioning to a ‘Circular Economy’ from the Conservatives, Greens or Reform.

  • 21 Outcomes positively support delivering ‘Equity embedded into all policy and strategy’, however 7 Actions at least detract from this. 
  • Only 2 Outcomes across the manifestos support ‘[Safe] Climate Migration’, whilst 7 Actions detract from this being possible.  
  • ‘Nature for All’ (improving accessibility to nature), is only addressed by 2 Outcomes across all Manifestos

* Analysis is ongoing, and we aren’t robots so may have missed things! Please get in touch with us if you’ve noticed something we haven’t, thank you! 

More data:

Individual Manifesto Mindmaps

If you would like to explore each Party’s offerings, you can also explore their Manifestos in detail on the OnePlanet platform below:

Images by Felix Christoforou

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