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Time to tackle the growth of the 'payroll vote'

18/10/2012

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 18 October 2012 Note: This article was amended on 23 October 2012 to clarify both how the 'payroll vote' is defined and the use of the term 'paid government posts'. In ou...

Are we moving inevitably to votes at 16?

11/10/2012

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 11 October 2012 The negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments over the terms of the Scottish independence referendum have resulted in a deal widely trumpeted as al...

Whatever happened to reforming the political system?

05/09/2012

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 5 September 2012 In May 2009, as leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg announced his 100 day action plan 'to save British democracy', 'take back power' and 'change poli...

Lords reform: the problem of piecemeal constitutional amendment

26/04/2012

Andrew Blick, 26 April 2012 How far is it possible to carry out piecemeal reform of a constitution when we do not know and cannot agree on the rules governing such amendment, and are not even c...

Liverpool's mayoral election 'censorship' row

18/04/2012

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 18 April 2012 This week, every household in Liverpool will receive a booklet from the city council containing election addresses from the 12 candidates seeking to become...

How should 'political England' be recognised?

26/01/2012

Lewis Baston, 26 January 2012 In the newly published IPPR pamphlet The Dog That Finally Barked: England as an Emerging Political Community, Richard Wyn Jones and Guy Lodge demonstrate, to anyon...

The Feltham and Heston by-election: more of the same

16/12/2011

Lewis Baston, 16 December 2011 The Feltham and Heston by-election was not what one would call a classic. The result was not surprising, the location was an unglamorous patch of west London next...

Select committee report shows way forward on voter registration

04/11/2011

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 4 November 2011 The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee’s 10threport of session, Individual Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration, has genera...

Who governs Merseyside? The significance of Heseltine's new report

20/10/2011

Stuart Wilks-Heeg, 20 October 2011 Anyone who took part in our 'Who governs Merseyside?' event at the Bluecoat on 6 October will surely attest that the quality of the debate was exceptionally h...

Who governs? An analysis of 1,101 governing roles on Merseyside

12/10/2011

Dave Ellis, 12 October 2011 Last week, Democratic Audit published new research into the governance of Merseyside, compiled by Alex Nurse, Stuart Wilks-Heeg and myself. The research was undertak...

What say will voters have in redrawing of the electoral map?

06/09/2011

Lewis Baston, 6 September 2011 The government’s contentious legislation to reduce the number of MPs and introduce a new system for drawing parliamentary boundaries was passed in February 2011...

What is the UK constitution made of? Exposing the 'hidden wiring'

02/09/2011

Andrew Blick, 2 September 2011 Late last year, the Cabinet Office published in draft form a document called the Cabinet Manual.   Subtitled 'A guide to laws, conventions, and rules on...

Party funding reform: Canadian experience suggests a negotiated settlement is essential

30/08/2011

Stephen Crone, 30 August 2011 Despite sweeping reform by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act in 2000, the UK system of party funding regulation remains bedeviled by periodic sc...

Britain is - still - less violent and lawless than it was 15 years ago

22/08/2011

Andrew Blick, 22 August 2011 The civil disturbances which recently took place across England are important from the point of view of the Audit, partly because it is vital to a democracy that th...

Police, politics and the media - the risks of elected police commissioners

03/08/2011

Andrew Blick, 3 August 2011 Recently I blogged on this site on the subject of elected police commissioners, being introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, which is now pa...

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