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Political Parties

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

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

‘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 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

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