The approach to UK constitutional reform, in response to what has in part been a bottom-up, sizeable anti-Westminster outpouring in the Scottish referendum, is one that is wholly top-down, argue Martin Smith, Sandra Léon and David Richards. The two largest Westminster parties are attempting to shape constitutional reform to suit their own interest, they write, and that constitutional reform without engagement will further alienate the electorate and continue constitutional instability.
The constitutional debate unleashed by the Scottish independence referendum has revealed many of the contradictions and problems of the British political […]