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.

Latest blog posts

Report of the Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: summary note

By: Malcolm Jack

The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act reported on 18 March 2021. What follows is a brief summary of its core conclusions. As I have said previously on this blog, it is essential that the Committee’s recommendations and view of the constitutional situation inform debate of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill as… [Read More…]about Report of the Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: summary note

Union at the Crossroads: Why the British state must overhaul its approach to devolution

By: 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. With support for Scottish independence consistently at around 50% in opinion polls, the destabilising impact that leaving the EU has had on Northern Ireland… [Read More…]about Union at the Crossroads: Why the British state must overhaul its approach to devolution

‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’: the Faulks report and judicial overreach

By: Tasneem Ghazi

In keeping with the 2019 Conservative manifesto pledge to prevent judicial review from becoming ‘politics by another means’, the Independent Review of Administrative Law’s (IRAL) remit was extended to ‘addressing the appropriate constitutional place of judicial review’. When the review was announced in July 2020, ‘feelings ran high’ and many suspected a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to… [Read More…]about ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’: the Faulks report and judicial overreach

The Lord Advocate: a need for reform or reflection?

By: Nick McKerrell

In the maelstrom of British politics over the last five years constitutional debates over relatively ornate details of public law have entered popular parlance. Discussion on the limits of the Royal Prerogative and prorogation have filled social media and the popular press. However, perhaps more surprisingly, the frenzied world of Scottish politics has embraced a… [Read More…]about The Lord Advocate: a need for reform or reflection?

The Dunlop Review: implications for the Union?

By: Philip Rycroft

Philip Rycroft is former Permanent Secretary (2017-2019) at DExEU. From June 2015 to March 2019 he was head of the UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for advising ministers on all aspects of the constitution and devolution. He is Distinguished Honorary Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy and POLIS. The remit… [Read More…]about The Dunlop Review: implications for the Union?

Latest publications

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

Constitutional reform: Sustaining a viable United Kingdom through the 21st century by Thomas Legg, Stephen Green and Martin Donnelly

This new report from the Policy Reform Group offers the expert analysis of Sir Thomas Legg, Lord Stephen Green, and Sir Martin Donnelly on the constitutional challenges facing the United Kingdom. These highly-experienced, former senior practitioners set out the fundamental reforms they believe are necessary to ensure the effective functioning and continued viability of the… [Read More…]about Constitutional reform: Sustaining a viable United Kingdom through the 21st century by Thomas Legg, Stephen Green and Martin Donnelly