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    Deliberative forums show that attitudes to welfare turn hostile because of low trust in government

Deliberative forums show that attitudes to welfare turn hostile because of low trust in government

Peter Taylor-Gooby outlines the findings of research that used deliberative forums to examine attitudes towards welfare. He concludes that what lay behind the views expressed was a mistrust in the capacity of the government to address the issues that most people face. It is this lack of trust that turns people against the welfare system rather than an ideological […]

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    How majoritarianism endures in the structures of the UK’s devolved institutions

How majoritarianism endures in the structures of the UK’s devolved institutions

The devolved political institutions were intended to produce a more consensual political culture. However, writes Felicity Matthews, although their electoral rules have increased the proportionality of representation, the structures of the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales have meant that a more consensual approach to policy-making has been more limited than might have been expected.

This year, the Scotland Act 1998 and the Government of Wales […]

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    How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the  disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman and Sir Julian Le Grand explain how a referendum on the deal should look like.

We are moving to a world where the decisions […]

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    What was wrong with the Brexit referendum and what would be wrong with a second

What was wrong with the Brexit referendum and what would be wrong with a second

Depending on their design, referendums can be bad for democracy, writes Joseph Lacey. He argues that the central problem with the Brexit referendum was its ad hoc nature. Any second referendum would be of a similar sort and so should be avoided. But there is a way of legitimately deciding upon questions of EU membership: through the mandatory referendum.

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    Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Saving the local news media: what Matt Hancock’s review needs to know

Local news must be seen as a public good rather than as a profitable commodity, argues Julie Firmstone. It is this idea that must guide the new government review of UK press sustainability, so that the focus is on rethinking the conditions needed to produce local news rather than merely on the profitability of the sector.

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    The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

Does the European Parliament adequately represent the views of European citizens? Drawing on a recent study, Miriam Sorace finds that it is far more representative of voters’ views than commonly thought. It is the lack of information about European election campaigns, as well as a tendency for voters to cast protest votes that can lead to less effective representation.

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    Government should treat its Brexit studies like working papers: circulate them for feedback

Government should treat its Brexit studies like working papers: circulate them for feedback

With the second Brexit analysis leak, Michael Ellington and Costas Milas write that it is in no one’s long-term interest to keep such studies from experts until they are complete or leaked. Considering that the task of measuring Brexit’s impact is indeed a tall order, they suggest that the process be made more transparent and open to feedback.

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The constitutional implications of a second EU referendum

Andrew Blick outlines some of the constitutional issues to which the question of a second EU referendum gives rise. He writes that unless these matters are given serious consideration in advance of such a decision, the repetition of the exercise is unlikely to improve matters and might even aggravate them.

The idea of a second EU referendum of some kind, […]