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Fixing the Revolving Door

29/07/2011

Guest author: Liz David-Barrett, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, 29 July 2011 There are many good reasons for government and business to talk to one another, to understand ho...

News International and corporate power in Britain's democracy: just the tip of the 'unelected oligarchies' iceberg

26/07/2011

David Beetham,  26 July 2011 The News International scandal has rightly caused public outrage and led to a sea-change in relations between UK politicians and media moguls. Yet Murdoch’s ...

Reforming the constitution: process matters

19/07/2011

Andrew Blick, 19 July 2011 Policies impacting significantly on the UK constitution were central to the programme underpinning the formation of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition in May...

Police reform: why democracy is not just about elections

15/07/2011

Andrew Blick, 15 July 2011 Amongst the many pieces of legislation with important democratic implications the present government has introduced, the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill,...

Special advisers and the 'phone-hacking' scandal

11/07/2011

Andrew Blick, 11 July 2011 One of the many issues involving the functioning of UK democracy raised by the phone hacking/police corruption scandal is that of the role of the special adviser in W...

Talking sense on Lords reform: why the PSA’s new Briefing fills a crucial gap

04/07/2011

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 4 July 2011 On 19 May 2010, just weeks after the General Election, the new Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, promised that the incoming coalition government would preside ov...

The Inverclyde by-election: business as usual for Scottish voters

01/07/2011

Lewis Baston, 1 July 2011 Labour’s result in the Inverclyde by-election (30 June 2011) was an impressive electoral performance, particularly coming so soon after Scottish Labour’s humiliati...

The Cabinet Manual - 'by the executive, for the executive'?

27/06/2011

Andrew Blick, 27th June 2011 Last December the government published in draft form a document known as the 'Cabinet Manual'. It sets out to describe the laws, conventions and rules impingin...

Who monitors external appointments to government departmental boards?

20/06/2011

Stephen Crone, 20 June 2011 Non-executive directors (NEDs) have been a feature of departmental boards since the formative stages of their development in the early 1990s. Employed by Conser...

The EU Bill is flawed, but could it open up other options for democratic reform?

16/06/2011

16th June 2011 Guest author: Dr Mike Gordon, University of Liverpool Referendums have become an increasingly important part of the process of constitutional change in the UK.  In ...

It does matter who provides public services, especially when things go wrong

13/06/2011

Andrew Blick, 13th June 2011 Recent coverage of the evidence of mistreatment of patients with learning disabilities at the Winterbourne View residential hospital in Bristol raises an important ...

The asylum amnesty ‘scandal’: mind the gap

08/06/2011

8th June 2011 Guest author: Dr Alex Balch, University of Liverpool A new government, a period of fiscal restraint, problems over a massive asylum backlog, a failed Home Office IT project......

Reports of Parliament’s decline much exaggerated

31/05/2011

Andrew Blick, 31st May 2011 The last decade has seen a series of significant innovations in the way Parliament holds government to account, mostly involving the House of Commons, but in some ca...

What would be the constitutional consequences of Lords reform?

24/05/2011

Andrew Blick, 24th May 2011 The details of the government’s new proposals for House of Lords reform are certain to generate much discussion over the coming months, if not years. In the short-...

Do referendums ever resolve constitutional debates?

09/05/2011

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 9th May 2011 The result of the AV referendum has been widely argued, most obviously by opponents of change, to have 'settled the issue’ of electoral reform. With a few nota...

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