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    The UK has much to learn from the Irish constitutional convention

The UK has much to learn from the Irish constitutional convention

At its party conference, Labour called for a UK constitutional convention. What can be learned from the experiences of Ireland and its own convention? Clodagh Harris writes that whatever remit is chosen for the UK convention, it is necessary that its work is inclusive, well resourced, allocated sufficient time, open, and has a clearly defined timeline for governmental response if it is to achieve legitimacy.
Calls to establish a constitutional convention for […]

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    The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The Smith Commission is accepting party proposals regarding what further devolution will look like for Scotland. Craig McAngus argues that the SNP will come out of the process as the likely winners. They will be able to point to their proposals as being the will of the Scottish people, while attacking the other parties (mainly Labour) for selling Scotland constitutionally short.

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A guide for successful devolution

How should the UK proceed with devolution, promised by all main parties in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum? John Kincaid lays out the issues and principles to think about.
The practice of devolution in the UK will differ from the precepts of decentralisation because devolution has been long underway, the boundaries of regions desiring devolution are fixed, outcomes […]

It’s time for a Balance of Competences Review of the UK

Scotland’s vote to remain within the UK has triggered a pressing constitutional debate about the allocation of powers and competences in the UK. Meanwhile, the UK government has been busy reviewing the balance of competences of the EU. With attention now on the imbalances and inconsistencies in the distribution of competences within the UK, the recent EU review might […]

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    A Constitutional Convention now looks like the safest way out of the constitutional shambles

A Constitutional Convention now looks like the safest way out of the constitutional shambles

Following a closer than expected outcome in the Scottish independence referendum, many are criticising David Cameron for his negotiation of the Edinburgh Agreement which paved the way for the referendum. Nat le Roux thinks is more concerned about Cameron and other party leaders having precipitated a slow-motion constitutional train crash. It represents a peculiar type of collective folly for the party […]

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    A small British Senate is the best alternative to the bloated and undemocratic House of Lords

A small British Senate is the best alternative to the bloated and undemocratic House of Lords

House of Lords reform was scuppered in 2011 when the Conservatives opted not to back the Liberal Democrats’ plan in sufficient numbers. With David Cameron recently opting to appoint a new tranche of Lords and bringing the total size of the chamber to the highest level since 1999, talk of reform has returned. Stephen Barber argues that despite some welcome steps […]

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    Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Against the background of a general breakdown of public confidence in the political elite, politicians on both left and right have seen themselves not as part of a broader governing elite but as outsiders, empowered by their democratic mandate to shake up government and make it more responsive to the wishes of the people. Nat le Roux argues that taken to its […]

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    How to balance the competing demands of arithmetic, continuity and geography in designing constituencies

How to balance the competing demands of arithmetic, continuity and geography in designing constituencies

The review of Parliamentary constituencies that ended prematurely in 2013 would have resulted in most of the 600 seats contested at the 2015 general election being very different from the current 650. Another review – again reducing the number of MPs to 600 – is scheduled to start in 2016, preparatory for the 2020 general election. But if the […]

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