The Constitution Society
Working to promote informed debate about constitutional reform
The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. We take no position on specific reform proposals but advocate better legislative standards and oppose ill-considered, piecemeal change.
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So long, EVEL and the FTPA: one step forward, one step back?
The doctrine that the UK Parliament is sovereign and cannot bind its successors is at the heart of the UK constitution. It means that the government of the day can replace, amend or repeal with relative ease any constitutional legislation passed by its predecessors. This feature of the UK’s constitutional arrangements is often praised for… [Read More…]about So long, EVEL and the FTPA: one step forward, one step back?
The Internet and the constitution: an historical perspective
The Internet is a subject of sustained public interest. There is intense discussion, in the UK as elsewhere, of its implications, and how we should respond to them. Both optimistic and pessimistic interpretations of the technology are possible, often at the same time. During the pandemic, for instance, it was a means by which basic… [Read More…]about The Internet and the constitution: an historical perspective
New job opportunity: Constitution Society Research Fellow
Job Title: Research Fellow Salary: £2,000 pcm Location: Westminster/Remote Length of Contract: 4 months fixed term The Constitution Society is looking to recruit a Research Fellow on a fixed-term appointment to research and write a paper on a contemporary UK constitutional issue of their choosing. Areas of interest to the Society include, but are not… [Read More…]about New job opportunity: Constitution Society Research Fellow
Elections Bill: a modest proposal to improve the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission
The current Elections Bill before Parliament contains a range of measures which require careful consideration. Among the most concerning are steps which appear designed to limit the independence of the Electoral Commission. Among these are proposals to amend the role of the chief accountability mechanism for the Commission, the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission. The Speaker’s… [Read More…]about Elections Bill: a modest proposal to improve the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission
An updated Cabinet Manual is needed to maintain public trust, ethical standards and our constitution
Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee Documents such as the Cabinet Manual, the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Code are an important part of the United Kingdom’s constitutional framework and, together with the Nolan Principles of Public Life, respect for the Manual and Codes is essential for upholding principles… [Read More…]about An updated Cabinet Manual is needed to maintain public trust, ethical standards and our constitution
Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick
The May elections have prompted increased interest in the idea of an electoral pact between Opposition parties, aimed at defeating the Conservatives. It seems likely that an agreed objective of this kind of a pact would be electoral reform, moving to a more proportional means of determining the composition of the House of Commons. Such… [Read More…]about Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick
Union at the Crossroads: Can the British state handle the challenges of devolution? by Michael Kenny, Philip Rycroft and Jack Sheldon
The future of the UK Union is of increasing salience for British policy-makers. Against the backdrop of the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus, speculation about its break-up has become widespread. Boris Johnson’s administration has so far approached the existential threat to the state it governs by adopting a notably assertive style of unionism, expressed… [Read More…]about Union at the Crossroads: Can the British state handle the challenges of devolution? by Michael Kenny, Philip Rycroft and Jack Sheldon
Climate Change and Democratic Representation by Stanley Kwong
Can Select Committees influence a company’s environmental, social and governance credentials? In this paper, Stanley Kwong examines the role of House of Commons Select Committees in scrutinising companies on their sustainability records and holding them publicly accountable. He observes that the investigative approach of Select Committees makes them well-placed to perform this function, and argues… [Read More…]about Climate Change and Democratic Representation by Stanley Kwong