How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

In a recent debate in Parliament, the secretary for justice Chris Grayling was unable to provide a number when asked how many judicial review cases are brought against government ministries. Ruth Dixon looks at the numbers, finding no evidence of an explosion of judicial challenges to central government departments. During a debate in parliament on 1 December, Chris […]

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The EU’s lack of shared interests will continue to inhibit the creation of genuine democratic culture

The EU’s lack of shared interests will continue to inhibit the creation of genuine democratic culture

How can the EU survive in a post crisis world, given the asymmetry of its decision-making apparatus? Andreas Follesdal argues that this, along with other issues that beset the aimed democratisation of European institutions, hinders the creation of a real culture of democratic accountability and legitimacy.  Many reflective scholars voice concern about persistent features of […]

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Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future

Forecasting election results is hard. Forecasting UK election results is even harder. Forecasting in 2015 will be harder still. Over the coming months, this blog will showcase a wide variety of academic research analysing the forthcoming UK general election, with a particular focus on those researchers who are trying to predict the election outcome. In the […]

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The Mexican ‘Propietario’ and ‘Suplente’ system shows the degree to which quotas can empower women in politics

The Mexican ‘Propietario’ and ‘Suplente’ system shows the degree to which quotas can empower women in politics

How do gender quotas interact with women’s empowerment? Looking at evidence from Mexico, Fernanda Vidal shows that the system of candidate nomination for the Congress, the ‘Propietario’ and ‘Suplente’ system has overcome early difficulties to be an effective tool for ensuring a degree of gender representation.  Federalism can expand the range of powers available to sub-national […]

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Recent events concerning U.S. elections show the importance of keeping transparency rules up to date

Recent events concerning U.S. elections show the importance of keeping transparency rules up to date

Recent years have seen increasing scrutiny on election outcomes after accusations of ineligible voters and ballots wrongly rejected. Rebecca Green writes that the current rules on election transparency designed to reassure the public that elections are fair are no longer fit for purpose. She writes that these election transparency rules are based on dated assumptions and […]

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Economic and financial crises can change the dynamics of federal relationships

Economic and financial crises can change the dynamics of federal relationships

Economic recession and soaring deficits in the wake of the recent fiscal and economic crisis do not only ask for intelligent fiscal policies but need also coordinated efforts in federal states in order to forego contradictory and inefficient fiscal reactions to the crisis. Dietmar Braun and Philipp Trein have investigated eleven federations to discover what extent […]

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The UK has much to learn from the Irish constitutional convention

The UK has much to learn from the Irish constitutional convention

At its party conference back in September, Labour called for a UK constitutional convention. What can be learned from the experiences of Ireland and its own convention? Clodagh Harris writes that whatever remit is chosen for the UK convention, it is necessary that its work is inclusive, well resourced, allocated sufficient time, open, and has a clearly defined timeline for governmental response if it is to […]

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In the digital era, political activism can be individual as well as collective

In the digital era, political activism can be individual as well as collective

The internet has changed society in numerous different ways, and with it has influenced the nature of political activism. Rebecca Rumbul argues that this can entail a shift from collective action along traditional participatory lines, to individual action, with web users able to act alone on the issues that interest and motivate them.  Ponder briefly […]

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How to address the pathologies of the British political tradition in an age of disengagement and distrust

How to address the pathologies of the British political tradition in an age of disengagement and distrust

There is undoubtedly a major issue of political disengagement between voters and Westminster’s system of government. However, the Westminster political class appears to regard the solution to the current maladies as finding ways to reinforce the existing system, rather than embracing the need to re-think the current nature of politics. It is clear that many of […]

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Political parties have a key role in addressing climate change, but their responses to date have been constrained

Political parties have a key role in addressing climate change, but their responses to date have been constrained

Talks in Lima this weekend produced a global plan to tackle climate change in advance of next year’s Paris summit. Despite these periodic returns to the political agenda, parties in the UK continue to show varying degrees of interest and afford the issue differing levels of priority. Here, Conor Little discusses a project which looks at European […]

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