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Publications

Semi-Presidentialisation and Executive Accountability: A Cautionary Tale from Sri Lanka to the UK 

How do the concepts of democratic accountability and government stability complement and stand in tension with one another in the United Kingdom’s parliamentary system? How do these interactions affect parliamentarianism? In this report, Binendri … [Read more...] about Semi-Presidentialisation and Executive Accountability: A Cautionary Tale from Sri Lanka to the UK 

Reporting the Divide: The Media and the Constitutional Debate in Northern Ireland

In a pioneering report, Dr David McCann considers the role of the media in reporting and shaping the constitutional debate in Northern Ireland. Reporting the Divide surveys existing material and then relies on interviews with key figures across … [Read more...] about Reporting the Divide: The Media and the Constitutional Debate in Northern Ireland

Constitutional Performance: An End of Parliament Review

The United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG), established in 2020, is made up of members with practical experience and academic knowledge of the UK constitution. Its formation was driven in part by concern about declining adherence to … [Read more...] about Constitutional Performance: An End of Parliament Review

The City and Federalism: The UK and Germany

The wind of change is blowing...and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it. That of which Harold Macmillan once … [Read more...] about The City and Federalism: The UK and Germany

The Constitutional Status of Northern Ireland: Consent, Acquiescence, Subjugation, Indifference

A key theme in the debate about the governance of Northern Ireland is the interpretation of the concept of consent, which lies at the heart of the 1998 Belfast/Good FridayAgreement. Consent is fundamental to any stable form of government, and what … [Read more...] about The Constitutional Status of Northern Ireland: Consent, Acquiescence, Subjugation, Indifference

Cracking the Whip: The UK’s Party Control System

After the fall of the Nazi regime, in 1949, in an attempt to ensure against the rise of future dictatorships, the new German constitution included the right of German MPs to be ‘representatives of the whole people, not bound by orders or … [Read more...] about Cracking the Whip: The UK’s Party Control System

Europe’s Last Imperial Monarchy – An Analysis of the British Royal Family

With the passing of the late Queen in September of 2022 and the coronation of King Charles III in May of 2023, the UK monarchy has overcome a period of great upheaval with a minimum of fuss. Despite some predictions, support for the monarchy has … [Read more...] about Europe’s Last Imperial Monarchy – An Analysis of the British Royal Family