Young people support the democratic process, but do not feel that they can exercise real influence over decision-making

Young people support the democratic process, but do not feel that they can exercise real influence over decision-making

As part of our series on youth participation, in this post Matt Henn and Nick Foard share findings from survey research into young people’s views of politics. They show that young people are supportive of the democratic process and want to participate in. However, the experience of elections is frustrating, with politicians seen as remote and self-serving. They […]

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The pressure is growing for Commons bill committee reform

The pressure is growing for Commons bill committee reform

In June 2013 the Constitution Unit published Fitting the Bill: Bringing Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice, proposing a series of changes to Commons bill committees. Last week the issue was brought back into the headlines, as John Bercow emphasised the need for reform, says Meg Russell. Similar PostsConnecting knowledge to power: the future […]

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The ECHR’s upholding of the French face-veil ban sets a very worrying precedent for the freedom of religious expression

The ECHR’s upholding of the French face-veil ban sets a very worrying precedent for the freedom of religious expression

The former President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, instituted a ban on covering one’s face in a public area. It was interpreted as targeting the Muslim community, and since its implementation has had the biggest impact there. The case was challenged, and eventually upheld by the European Court of Human Rights. Daniel Barton argues that […]

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How we choose our political leaders tells the world a lot about us

How we choose our political leaders tells the world a lot about us

Nearly all democratic countries’ accept, to varying degrees, the notion that rulers should be chosen by the people, and subject to various limitations, checks and balances. However, many people who subscribe to these ideals are also comfortable with the notion of a benign hegemon in the international realm – namely the United States. Here, LSE’s Danny […]

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The Icelandic experience challenges the view that constitutional process must be exclusionary and secretive

The Icelandic experience challenges the view that constitutional process must be exclusionary and secretive

In the wake of the financial crisis which nearly bankrupted Iceland, the country began a process to create a new constitution which could maintain the confidence of a public understandably disenchanted with their political elite. What followed was a ‘crowd-sourced’ project which ultimately fell at the final hurdle. However the experience did show that it is […]

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The emerging political consensus around local growth is encouraging, but now the hard work really begins

The emerging political consensus around local growth is encouraging, but now the hard work really begins

Devolution to local and regional government has been in vogue recently, with George Osborne and Ed Miliband each voicing their preferences for a new settlement between central and local government. Here, Neil McInroy argues that that is all well and good, but warm words are only a start, and that think tanks, campaigners, businesses and […]

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Despite the reshuffle, we are still a long way from a 50:50 gender balanced Parliament

Despite the reshuffle, we are still a long way from a 50:50 gender balanced Parliament

Much has been made of the addition of a number of extra women to the Cabinet following David Cameron’s recent ministerial reshuffle. But despite the headlines, the UK still lags terribly behind other countries in terms of the levels of women in Parliament. Frances Scott, who is campaigning for a 50:50 balance in Parliament, argues […]

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Asking specific targeted questions can overcome misreporting and bring about greater accuracy in post-election surveys

Asking specific targeted questions can overcome misreporting and bring about greater accuracy in post-election surveys

Researchers are dependent on high quality information arising from post-election survey data in order to best understand the attitudes and the social trends that shape election outcomes. But often, because of the stigma attached to not voting, some respondents misreport their behaviour, claiming erroneously to have voted. Here, Eva Zeglovitz and Sylvia Kritzinger show that by […]

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Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

The Muslims Are Coming! contains a wealth of research into and analysis of particular cases of counter terrorist activity and interventions which can challenge the established orthodoxies prevailing on both sides of the Atlantic. Naaz Rashid finds that Arun Kundnani’s work should be required reading for officials and Ministers in the Home Office, Department of Communities & Local Government, the Department of […]

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