Europe’s hidden economy: how governments can bring undeclared work out of the shadows

Europe’s hidden economy: how governments can bring undeclared work out of the shadows

The so called ‘shadow economy’ refers to work and financial transactions that take place outside of the view of public authorities. Colin C. Williams writes on the scale of this problem in Europe, noting that while the estimated size of the undeclared economy in the EU is around 18.4 per cent of GDP, it is […]

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The abolition of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee is a loss to Parliament and British democracy

The abolition of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee is a loss to Parliament and British democracy

The incoming majority Conservative Government have made one of their first decisions the abolition of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, currently Chaired by the Labour MP Graham Allen. Andrew Blick, who worked closely with the committee argues that the decision is a poor one, and that its work – both high profile and more […]

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The demise of the Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Comittee: executive power is again predominant

The demise of the Parliament’s Political and Constitutional Reform Comittee: executive power is again predominant

Just how strong is the Conservatives mandate? With only 24.7% of eligible voters opting to support them, perhaps not as strong as their majority might suggest. One of their first moves has been to abolish the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, a key organ of democracy in the struggle to improve British […]

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Book Review: Measuring Happiness: the Economics of Wellbeing

Book Review: Measuring Happiness: the Economics of Wellbeing

This book examines the evolution of happiness research, considering the famous “Easterlin Paradox,” which found that people’s average life satisfaction didn’t seem to depend on their income. But they question whether happiness research can measure what needs to be measured. Laura Kudrna argues this book is well worth a read for its excellent coverage of much […]

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The UK is at a constitutional crossroads and major change is needed if it is to work effectively

The UK is at a constitutional crossroads and major change is needed if it is to work effectively

The The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law undertook a major Review of the implications of devolution as it is developing for the UK as a whole. Here, Alan Trench summarises the main findings of the report, and highlights its specific proposals for a Charter of the Union, a reformed system of funding, and […]

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The myth of ‘self-government’ is threatening both the UK’s place in the EU and Scotland’s place in the Union

The myth of ‘self-government’ is threatening both the UK’s place in the EU and Scotland’s place in the Union

The UK government is expected to publish a draft bill on 28 May outlining a framework for the country’s referendum on EU membership. Andrew Glencross writes that UK politics is now increasingly defined by two different kinds of ‘exceptionalism’: a push within the UK for self-government outside of the EU, and Scottish demands for self-government within […]

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The take-up of mechanisms designed to temper proportional representation shows that countries don’t choose their electoral systems and rules in a vacuum

The take-up of mechanisms designed to temper proportional representation shows that countries don’t choose their electoral systems and rules in a vacuum

Some countries attempt to ‘temper’ the political party system unpredictability by introducing measures to halt fragmentation, such as representation thresholds. Here, Damien Bol, Jean-Benoit Pilet, and Pedro Riera argue that national legislators are more likely to adopt one of these electoral mechanisms when a large number of other countries have made similar choices in recent years.  […]

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Ireland’s referendum on same sex marriage could be a watershed moment for equality

Ireland’s referendum on same sex marriage could be a watershed moment for equality

Ireland will hold a referendum on 22 May on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Ireland which would permit same sex marriage. Éidín O’Shea writes on the referendum campaign, which has seen all major parties in the country support a Yes vote. She notes that while opinion polling shows strong backing for the proposal, […]

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Can Labour recover to win in 2020? History says one thing, and the polls another

Can Labour recover to win in 2020? History says one thing, and the polls another

 The 2015 General Election saw the Conservatives win a majority, seemingly against all odds, with Labour expected to perform much more strongly. Alun Wyburn-Powell looks at the historical precedent for Labour to recover and take the next election in 2020, arguing that while the polling suggests an insurmountable challenge, history suggests that it is possible.  Before […]

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The EU’s plan to sink people smugglers’ ships doubles down on a failed agenda

The EU’s plan to sink people smugglers’ ships doubles down on a failed agenda

There has been a great deal of controversy of late regarding the EU’s action – or lack thereof – on the issue of migrants boats coming from northern Africa through the Mediterranean. Rosa Freedman argues that their latest proposal  to enable military action against the boats is unjustifiable and won’t solve a problem with far […]

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