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
Northern Ireland: a constitutional exception and why it matters
Introduction In the process of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union – Brexit – Northern Ireland has played a starring role. Although largely overlooked in the early stages of the process, the ‘unique circumstances’ and ‘particular challenges’ facing Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit proved the most difficult and divisive problem to… [Read More…]about Northern Ireland: a constitutional exception and why it matters
The government’s approach to the UK constitution: cause for concern
With Parliament returning this week, the government will continue legislating on a range of constitutional issues, including the calling of UK general elections, political protest, and voter identification. Although its programme of constitutional change is piecemeal, it is nonetheless progressing at speed and scale. Furthermore, to each of the government’s proposed reforms there are significant… [Read More…]about The government’s approach to the UK constitution: cause for concern
What is the Elections Bill? And why is it an issue?
In July, the government published its long-awaited Elections Bill which makes changes to the administration and conduct of elections with the stated aim of ensuring that ‘UK elections remain secure, fair, modern, inclusive and transparent.’ The most significant change contained in the bill is the introduction of mandatory photo ID at the polling station, which the Electoral… [Read More…]about What is the Elections Bill? And why is it an issue?
How can we better regulate our elections?
Early in July, buried amidst the many reactions to the government’s Elections Bill, the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) published its report on regulating election finance, following a year-long inquiry to which the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) gave evidence. Despite not receiving as much attention as the Elections Bill, this report makes a series of… [Read More…]about How can we better regulate our elections?
The ever-changing constitution
I recently published with Oxford University Press UK Politics, a textbook aimed at undergraduates. When I began work on it in mid-2017, an important motivation was the sense that there was a need for a title that reflected many changes that were ongoing on the UK political scene, while placing them in historical context. Writing… [Read More…]about The ever-changing constitution
The Constitution in Review
First Report from the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group The first report from the UK Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG) covers the six-month period from 1 January to 30 June 2021. It analyses legislation, decisions and events during the period against a set of 20 principles the Group has identified as central to the proper operation… [Read More…]about The Constitution in Review
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