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Publications

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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...] about Constitutional reform: Sustaining a viable United Kingdom through the 21st century by Thomas Legg, Stephen Green and Martin Donnelly

The legal system of England and Wales by Thomas Legg

The legal system is a crucial feature of the UK constitution. It has recently become a subject of controversy. The current government was re-elected in December 2019 on a commitment to inquire into the role of the courts in reviewing the actions of … [Read more...] about The legal system of England and Wales by Thomas Legg

The Constitution After Coronavirus – discussion paper by Andrew Blick

The constitution after coronavirus Dr. Andrew Blick King's College London; Senior Adviser, The Constitution Society The coronavirus emergency is profound in its constitutional implications. They involve both the immediate response and the … [Read more...] about The Constitution After Coronavirus – discussion paper by Andrew Blick

The Inner Workings of British Political Parties by Ben Westerman

This report examines the interaction between organisational structures within Britain's two major political parties, assessing the influence this can have on political direction and behaviours. The UK's arcane electoral system has resulted in the … [Read more...] about The Inner Workings of British Political Parties by Ben Westerman

Good Chaps No More? Safeguarding the Constitution in Stressful Times by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy

A Constitution Society report, ‘Good Chaps No More? Safeguarding the Constitution in Stressful Times’ by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy argues that recent turbulence affecting the British system of government has revealed flaws that require urgent … [Read more...] about Good Chaps No More? Safeguarding the Constitution in Stressful Times by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy

Watching the Watchmen: The Growing Case for Recall Elections and Increased Accountability for MPs by Sam Goodman

This report argues that there is an urgent case for updating the 2015 Recall Act to allow constituents to recall Members of Parliament as part of a package of wider democratic reforms. The author holds that Recall is not a magical solution … [Read more...] about Watching the Watchmen: The Growing Case for Recall Elections and Increased Accountability for MPs by Sam Goodman

Brexit and the Melting of the British Constitution by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy

The authors argue that the British constitution seems to be in a more molten condition now than at any other point in anyone’s lived lifetime. The experience of Brexit has raised or reopened a host of questions. The British constitution is high on … [Read more...] about Brexit and the Melting of the British Constitution by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy