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Publications

The Crisis of The Constitution : 2nd Edition

The general election of 2015 answered conclusively, to the surprise of most commentators, the question, ‘Who governs Britain?’ by yielding a single-party government with an overall majority in the House of Commons. But it did not answer two of the … [Read more...] about The Crisis of The Constitution : 2nd Edition

Labour and the electoral system: The myth of defeat and the chimera of victory

The political commentariat comprehensively failed to predict either the Conservative victory in the May general election or the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn as the eventual victor of the Labour leadership contest. Following a perhaps inappropriately … [Read more...] about Labour and the electoral system: The myth of defeat and the chimera of victory

Evidence from The Constitution Society published by House of Lords select committee inquiry into ‘The Union and Devolution’

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has recently published evidence submitted by The Constitution Society, as part of its inquiry into 'The Union and Devolution.' The published evidence can be viewed online here. A full list of evidence … [Read more...] about Evidence from The Constitution Society published by House of Lords select committee inquiry into ‘The Union and Devolution’

‘Common Sense’ or Confusion? The Human Rights Act and the Conservative Party

Repeal of the Human Rights Act, its replacement with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, and withdrawal from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights are core parts of the constitutional programme of the newly-elected … [Read more...] about ‘Common Sense’ or Confusion? The Human Rights Act and the Conservative Party

A United Kingdom Constitutional Convention

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK has published its paper 'A Parliament for Reform 2015-2020' The paper includes the following proposed wording for inclusion in the manifestos of all parties at … [Read more...] about A United Kingdom Constitutional Convention

The Crisis of the Constitution: The General Election and the Future of the United Kingdom

Who governs Britain? That is the question being put to the voters on 7th May. But there are other questions lurking in the background, constitutional questions, that are the subject of this pamphlet. The first of them is – how is Britain to be … [Read more...] about The Crisis of the Constitution: The General Election and the Future of the United Kingdom

The slow death of the ‘Efficient Secret’: The rise of MP independence, its causes and its implications

In recent years, MPs from the main political parties have become increasingly rebellious, defying their Whips on a regular basis. While this trend has been thoroughly analysed, the reasons behind it and the consequences of it have not received … [Read more...] about The slow death of the ‘Efficient Secret’: The rise of MP independence, its causes and its implications

Electoral Collision Course? The Boundaries and the Register After May 2015

A common complaint about the constitutional reform programme pursued by the Labour governments of 1997–2010 was that it was disjointed. The same problem has recurred under the Coalition since 2010, even in those bits of ‘the biggest shake up of our … [Read more...] about Electoral Collision Course? The Boundaries and the Register After May 2015