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    UK governance after Brexit: yet more variable and even more disjointed

UK governance after Brexit: yet more variable and even more disjointed

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon write that, although May’s government has been prepared to make various concessions in its dealings with the devolved governments, tricky intergovernmental negotiations relating to Brexit are in line. How these will be managed will be one of the most difficult aspects of the Brexit process.

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington recently delivered (to little […]

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    EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is […]

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    One year of EVEL: Evaluating ‘English Votes for English Laws’ in the House of Commons

One year of EVEL: Evaluating ‘English Votes for English Laws’ in the House of Commons

A year on from the enactment of ‘English Votes for English Laws’ through Westminster, Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny assess what the legislation has done – and what it still leaves for consideration.

It is now just over a year since the House of Commons adopted a new set of procedural rules known as ‘English Votes for English Laws’ (or EVEL). […]

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    ‘English Votes for English Laws’ — a viable answer to the English Question?

‘English Votes for English Laws’ — a viable answer to the English Question?

Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny outline the government’s detailed proposals for introducing EVEL that were published last Thursday. They argue that, while incremental and modest in some respects, the proposals do raise wider points of constitutional principle which suggest English Votes could be the start rather than the end of a much longer process of finding viable answers to […]

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    Critical re-assessment of conventional wisdom on the topic of Englishness is overdue

Critical re-assessment of conventional wisdom on the topic of Englishness is overdue

Is Englishness a contemporary invention or a resurgent sensibility? What is the shape and character of a re-awakened sense of English nationhood? The complexity and difficulties inherent in answering these and other questions means there is a growing imperative for political scientists to reflect more self-consciously upon questions of evidence, methodology and interpretation in this area, writes Michael Kenny.

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March 14th, 2014|Michael Kenny|2 Comments|

The ‘progressive alliance’ idea is no longer a meaningful basis for a Labour-LibDem rapprochement, but there is much common ground that remains between the two parties

Michael Kenny argues that, despite how surprising it may sound, there is a lot of areas of agreement between the Liberal Democrats and Labour that would allow for a coalition between the two parties were the situation to arise in the future. Given the flurry of speculation about whether the current coalition might be followed in time by another made up of […]

How to win the argument for Lords reform

Guy Lodge and Michael Kenny make the case for a stronger second chamber. As with so many previous attempts, last week’s push to reform the House of Lords descended into farce. Its main proponent, Nick Clegg, insists that the fight goes on, but few now believe he will achieve his historic dream of an elected Lords.