Geoff Mulgan's latest post for Nesta explores the factors that influenced the outcomes of this week's UK general election. 

Mulgan notes:

"This was a fascinating and complex election. But in many respects it was quite simple, and was a surprise mainly because of the recent polls, not because of longer term trends. Although the anti-political mood fuelled the huge success for UKIP and the SNP this ended up for many as a choice between the two main parties, and two potential Prime Ministers, and was decided because the public split 5:4 in favour of David Cameron over Ed Miliband: not a landslide but still wholly decisive."

He goes on to describe a list of factors influencing the results, including leadership, economic trust and frugality. 

Read the full post here