The best of Democratic Audit’s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum

The best of Democratic Audit’s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum

Democratic Audit has been at the forefront of providing high quality analysis of the Scottish independence referendum, which takes place this Tuesday. Here, Democratic Audit’s Sean Kippin collates the best of DA’s work in the area. (Click on the headline to read the story).  Similar PostsAs Scotland decides its future, lie back and think of […]

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Scots living overseas or elsewhere in the UK should have been given the right to vote in the independence referendum

Scots living overseas or elsewhere in the UK should have been given the right to vote in the independence referendum

Record numbers of voters have registered to take part in the Scottish independence referendum this month, and a very high turnout is expected. But the franchise for the election does not include Scottish citizens overseas or those living in the rest of the UK. In this post Craig Berry and Richard Berry argue that the exclusion of these voters […]

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Book Review: The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell

Book Review: The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell

Reformer, rebel, political activist; amongst his many achievements E D Morel directed the first great humanitarian campaign of the 20th Century which brought King Leopold II of Belgium’s brutal and genocidal regime in the Congo to an end. Elaine Kellman recommends this biography to those interested in history, politics and international relations, as well as more specifically […]

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A guide to making a decision on how to vote in the Scottish Independence referendum

A guide to making a decision on how to vote in the Scottish Independence referendum

The Scottish independence referendum is drawing very close indeed, with the ‘No’ side holding a narrow advantage heading into the final straight. Here, Paul Cairney attempts to clear up how to make the decision as to how to vote for the minority who have not yet made up their minds. Similar PostsIf Westminster politicians think […]

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It may be time to revisit the old idea of moving the seat of British government out of London

It may be time to revisit the old idea of moving the seat of British government out of London

London continues to dominate British public life, with political decision-making centralised to an almost unbelievable degree. Previous reformers have posited separating the financial and political capitals of the UK, by moving the political element elsewhere, with the Yorkshire moors even being suggested. James Dunnett argues that it may be time to revisit that radical proposal.  Similar PostsBook Review: […]

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Historical legacies and national political contexts have shaped today’s far-right in Eastern and Central Europe

Historical legacies and national political contexts have shaped today’s far-right in Eastern and Central Europe

The far-right is in the ascendency right across Europe, with parties like France’s National Front, Greece’s Golden Dawn, and Hungary’s Jobbik seeing impressive electoral gains. But while parties in Western Europe do so by resorting to arguments about immigration and other cultural issues, the rise of these parties in former communist states is tied more […]

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The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

Despite being viewed as a key component of European democracy, media freedom varies significantly across EU states. Based on the annual ‘Freedom of the Press’ report produced by Freedom House, Jennifer Dunham assesses media freedom in EU candidate countries. She notes that seven of the eight candidate or potential candidate states considered have press freedom […]

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Parish councils can empower local communities, but we need more of them in cities

Parish councils can empower local communities, but we need more of them in cities

Parish councils, the lowest level of local government in the UK, tend to be synonymous with rural communities. But the government has taken steps to make it easier to create new councils, which have been seized upon by campaigners in a number of urban areas. In this post, Richard Berry discusses the trend and considers the […]

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Crises aren’t necessarily bad for democracy, and can force us to think in new ways about solving entrenched problems

Crises aren’t necessarily bad for democracy, and can force us to think in new ways about solving entrenched problems

Mark Chou from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne reflects on a recent book by David Ruciman which explains the nature of crisis in democracies, and the various ways it is overcome. He argues that crises aren’t necessarily bad for democracy, but can force us to think in new and innovative ways about how we […]

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For the good of society, we need a democratic reformation of finance

For the good of society, we need a democratic reformation of finance

The 2007-08 financial crisis showed the limitations of reliance on financial services in running an economy and building a society. Matthew Lawrence argues that we need to move away from a finance based way of doing things, through an ambitious process of ‘definancialisation’, which would see these institutions brought squarely under the purview of democratic […]

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