NEW MONITOR: The 80th edition of Monitor was published today. It provides analysis of the last 4 months of constitutional news and contains sections on parliament, elections, devolution, the courts, & the monarchy. It is free and available now: ucl.ac.uk/constitution-u…2/8 The PARLIAMENT section includes analysis of the fractious relationship between the government and parliament (including its own backbenchers & a record number of Lords defeats), and concerns about the proper scrutiny of delegated legislation.
Feb 10, 2022 • 17 tweets • 6 min read
Starting shortly! The Unit is holding a fascinating seminar on: What Kind of Democracy Do People Want?
This is partly due to the well-established nature of this field, and partly due to the similar questions asked of survey respondents.
Jan 25, 2022 • 17 tweets • 6 min read
🚨| NEW REPORT: What Kind of Democracy Do People Want?
Today the Unit releases the results of a UK-wide population survey asking respondents how they thought democracy should work in the UK. (1/17)
Fielded in July 2021 by @YouGov, with a sample size of almost 6,500 respondents who were representative of the UK voting-age population, this report provides a unique and detailed insight into public attitudes towards democracy and the constitution. (2/17)
Jan 17, 2022 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
🚨| NEW: Citizens' Assembly reveals public's concern with integrity in politics
Key findings from the Citizens' Assembly on Democracy in the UK are published today 👇
The Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy in the UK was run by the Constitution Unit and @involveUK. It brought 67 representative members of the UK public together over six weekends in late 2021. Its members sought to answer the question: ‘How should the UK’s democracy work?’
Nov 24, 2021 • 7 tweets • 5 min read
Members of the Citizens' Assembly on Democracy in the UK met on 13 and 14 November to discuss the roles of the public in democracy in the UK, and how people can participate.
Check out the presentations from expert speakers below 📺👇
Project lead @alanjrenwick introduced Weekend 4 and provided an overview of how the public is involved in the UK democratic system.
Sep 27, 2021 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
We recently held Weekend 1 of the 'Citizens' Assembly on Democracy in the UK'.
Led by @alanjrenwick, and delivered w/ @invovleUK, the Assembly is made up of 74 people from all walks of life in the UK.
Assembly members heard from expert speakers—watch their presentations now👇
@alanjrenwick kicked off the weekend with an introduction into the Assembly and how it will operate over the coming weekends, and provided an insight into broader public attitudes to democracy today.
Running for six weekends, the Citizens’ Assembly on Democracy in the UK is part of the Constitution Unit’s wider research project, Democracy in the UK after Brexit, funded by @ESRC and delivered in partnership with public participation charity @involveUK
Sep 8, 2021 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
The Dissolution & Calling of Parliament Bill returns to the Commons next week
In our blog, Unit Director Meg Russell, @Prof_Phillipson & @PetraSchleiter analyse its key flaws & propose a solution that keeps parliament at the heart of decision-making
Today we publish a working paper on the findings of a large-scale public consultation on the prospect of referendums on Northern Ireland’s constitutional status, authored by @alanjrenwick, @NadiaDobryanska, @ConorKellyLDN and @chhkincaid.
The six-week consultation was initiated by the Working Group on Unification Referendums on the Island of Ireland in the summer of 2020 and received
Jul 29, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
The Gun, the Ship & the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World.
Dr Harshan Kumarasingham and Prof Robert Hazell will be in discussion with Prof Linda Colley FBA about her latest book.
Not too late to register! bit.ly/3x9txLb
Linda Colley kicks off the webinar by explaining how her book differs from other studies of constitutional history: it is a global study rather than a study on a single constitution, & it explains the emergence of written constitutions as a product of war, rather than revolution.
Jun 10, 2021 • 13 tweets • 4 min read
In this blog post, book authors Stephan Haggard & Robert R. Kaufman summarise their comparative research on democratic ‘backsliding’, describing how, & why, countries slip away from democracy, and asking, could democratic backsliding occur in the UK? bit.ly/2TarYOR2/
The authors’ work identifies at least 16 countries - some of which were not so long ago viewed as stable and robust democracies – most notably the United States - which have recently experienced democratic backsliding, to varying degrees.
A year ago today, the House of Commons returned to business transformed by COVID-19. This briefing (summarised in a letter to @thetimes) highlights five ways in which the government’s approach to the House of Commons has eroded parliamentary control
Jan 19, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
✨NEW REPORT: Taking Back Control✨
A new report by Unit Director Meg Russell and @danielgover argues that the House of Commons should govern its own time – and makes proposals for wresting back that control from the government. @UKandEU
Think of Brexit headlines about MPs ‘seizing the agenda’, or clashes over procedure during the pandemic. At the heart of both lie questions about who decides what the Commons discusses & when⏱️
Jan 17, 2021 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
@DanielGover & @james_lisak review the development of the hybrid Commons during 2020 - arguing that remote voting must now be restored, & that these events reveal the problems of government control over the Commons agenda
Summary 🧵👇 1/8
Last spring, the Commons adapted quickly to the challenges of the pandemic. Hybrid arrangements for select committees & Commons debates, & online remote voting, were all in place by mid-May - a major achievement by Commons staff.
Dec 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Statement from Unit Director Professor Meg Russell on the 16 new appointments to the House of Lords announced today.
"It is hard not to see the Prime Minister’s latest round of peerage appointments as anything less than outrageous"
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It's 3 days before (what's left of) Christmas, so there will be no full analysis now.
But to see the effects of today's peerage announcements just add 16 (7 Con, 5 Lab, 4 Crossbench) to the details below. The rest of the analysis still stands.