A response to Peter MacLeod on deliberative democracy in the UK

A response to Peter MacLeod on deliberative democracy in the UK

Democratic Audit recently carried a piece (via Policy Network) by Peter MacLeod, in which he showed the benefits of deliberative democracy based on developments in the Canadian polity. Here, Involve’s Reema Patel argues the UK also does well in this regard, and that there are various projects, developments, and policies which must be taken into […]

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Cornwall is a logical place to begin with rural devolution, but a coherent UK-wide plan is sorely needed

Cornwall is a logical place to begin with rural devolution, but a coherent UK-wide plan is sorely needed

The Government has announced that the south-west county of Cornwall will be the first rural area in the country to receive powers over elements of public policy, following on from the City-region deals. Joanie Willett argues that Cornwall is a logical place to start owing to its rich cultural history and distinctive identity. However, an […]

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The Greek crisis should be the spur for the creation of a better European democracy

The Greek crisis should be the spur for the creation of a better European democracy

Does the Greek crisis prove the limitations of European integration? Cristina Ares Castro-Conde writes that the real question facing Europe is not whether integration should be rolled back, but how European democracy can be improved. She suggests that a first step could be to create a parallel European Parliament composed of MEPs from Eurozone states […]

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Not all parties lose members but those that do are older and more institutionalised

Not all parties lose members but those that do are older and more institutionalised

Party membership is often cited as uniformly in decline across European democracies. However, this might be an untenable statement as a look at annual party-level data of 47 parties in six European countries between 1960-2010 reveals. Ann-Kristin Kölln argues that almost a quarter of the parties have not been losing members and that membership decline […]

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Book Review: The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition

Book Review: The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition

Central to the book is the problem of ‘critical capacities’ of neoliberalism. The author asks: What is the relation between economic rationality and political authority? On what grounds does a neoliberal state legitimate its authority, given that neoliberal critique erodes substantive political basis for justification? Taras Fedirko finds this book offers poignant analysis, but is less clear […]

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A progress check on the role and influence of the Government’s departmental non-executive directors

A progress check on the role and influence of the Government’s departmental non-executive directors

Government non-executive directors have a growing role, says Sir Ian Cheshire – and they will be important over the next 18 months as the Government tries to advance its agenda while introducing significant spending reductions. Daniel Thornton of the Institute for Government summarises a recent event held with Sir Ian in which he gave a […]

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Ensuring equal representation in Parliament: who counts?

Ensuring equal representation in Parliament: who counts?

The UK government announced on July 16 that it had decided to end the transition period to Individual Electoral Registration early. The Electoral Commission had recommended that it did not, and thereby allow some 1.9 million people who would otherwise be removed to remain on the electoral roll for a further year. The Commission’s reasons […]

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How mainstream parties react to the rise of radical right-wing parties

How mainstream parties react to the rise of radical right-wing parties

Across European, the far-right has surged over recent years, as dissatisfaction with politics and the political class combines with anti-immigrant sentiment. But how do mainstream political parties – who are so frequently at the receiving end of the ire of these political movements – respond? Kyung Joon Han describes an often complicated relationship between the […]

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We should be boosting the BBC’s role in public life, not eroding it

We should be boosting the BBC’s role in public life, not eroding it

Newspaper endorsements and biased ‘reporting’ in the run-up to the general election indicate clearly at the democratic failings of a large part of our free press. It therefore becomes clear that, whatever funding ideas are thrown up by the new Conservative government, we should be boosting the future role the BBC plays in public life, not going […]

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Domestic and European parliamentarians of the same party tend to pay attention to the same policy issues

Domestic and European parliamentarians of the same party tend to pay attention to the same policy issues

Do members of the European Parliament (MEPs) act remote from their national party or do they coordinate their behaviour with their ‘home base’? Using data on written parliamentary questions from Danish MPs and Danish MEPs, Roman Senninger and Daniel Bischof show that issue attention across the national and European levels converges, especially within parties represented […]

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