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    Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Lower the voting age to 16? Yes please, but only if accompanied by civic and democratic education and a commitment to take young people’s concerns seriously

Ed Miliband promised that a Labour government would extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds within one year of the general election. The Conservatives, meanwhile, oppose lowering the voting age. In this article, and following on the heels of our recent podcast on the issue, Bart Cammaerts, Michael Bruter, Shaku Banaji, Sarah Harrison and Nick Anstead summarise research they conducted regarding the voting age. They argue […]

What impact do mayors have on the cities that elect them?

Greater Manchester will become the next urban area in the UK to directly elect a mayor, following Bristol who first elected a mayor in 2012. One of the frustrations in the debate around directly elected mayors, however, is the lack of empirical evidence around which to evaluate their impact. Here, David Sweeting presents some early analysis of data from both before and after […]

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    Abolishing the monarchy would remove an obstacle to genuine democracy in Britain

Abolishing the monarchy would remove an obstacle to genuine democracy in Britain

The United Kingdom is a democracy, but nonetheless has an unelected and hereditary Head of State in Queen Elizabeth II. Eventually, she will give way to her son, Prince Charles. Richard Ridyard argues that this state of affairs cannot be justified, and that the continuing presence of a monarch – particularly an influential one – is incompatible with democratic maturity.

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    How to address the pathologies of the British political tradition in an age of disengagement and distrust

How to address the pathologies of the British political tradition in an age of disengagement and distrust

There is undoubtedly a major issue of political disengagement between voters and Westminster’s system of government. However, the Westminster political class appears to regard the solution to the current maladies as finding ways to reinforce the existing system, rather than embracing the need to re-think the current nature of politics. It is clear that many of the recommendations offered by […]

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    A note to William Hague on democracy and the need for a Citizens Assembly on Constitutional Reform

A note to William Hague on democracy and the need for a Citizens Assembly on Constitutional Reform

British politics is currently located in the eye of a constitutional storm. The Scottish independence referendum shook the political system and William Hague has been tasked with somehow re-connecting the pieces of a constitutional jigsaw that – if we are honest – have not fitted together for some time. In this note Matthew Flinders encourages the Leader of the […]

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    The ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The ‘Devo Manc’ proposals represent centralisation on steroids

The government has attempted to portray the ‘Devo Manc’ proposals for governance change in Manchester as a bold step towards the decentralisation of power in England. Here, Robin Hambleton, explains how the proposals actually represent an extraordinary boost to top down government in a state that is already one of the most centralised in the Western world.

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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.

The political parties […]

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