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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

After the Referendum, Options For a Constitutional Convention

This publication was produced in partnership with Unlock Democracy. The pamphlet argued that, whatever the result of Scotland’s independence referendum, careful constitutional thinking would be needed. It examined how such constitution-making should … [Read more...] about After the Referendum, Options For a Constitutional Convention

Distinguishing Constitutional Legislation: A modest proposal

In most democratic states, the mechanisms for constitutional change are clearly separated from mechanisms for enacting ‘ordinary’ legislation. They are also designed to make any significant alteration in existing constitutional arrangements a … [Read more...] about Distinguishing Constitutional Legislation: A modest proposal

Mandates, Manifestos and Coalitions: UK Party Politics after 2010

One of the most important assumptions in British politics since 1945 has been the existence of single-party, majority governments deriving their mandates from voters. The hung parliament and subsequent coalition government of 2010 therefore raised … [Read more...] about Mandates, Manifestos and Coalitions: UK Party Politics after 2010