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A helping hand? Tracking changes in support to all-party parliamentary groups since 2001

Friday, 20 October 2017

There are now over 600 All-Party Parliamentary Groups in the UK parliament, with the number having more than doubled since 1997. In this post Paul Thomas discusses the monetary and in-kind support these informal groups receive, suggesting that most could not operate without it. He compares information about APPGs in 2001 and 2017, finding that the level […]

Options for an English Parliament: policy powers and financial arrangements

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Ongoing Constitution Unit research is exploring options for an English Parliament. Two of the most fundamental questions concern what policy powers such a body would have and financial arrangements. Jack Sheldon suggests that an English Parliament would be likely to have policy and fiscal powers resembling those of the Scottish Parliament, and that a new […]

Standing up for parliament: how non-elected officials represent parliament as an institution

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

In a new article David Judge and Cristina Leston-Bandeira identify non-elected officials rather than elected members as those who ‘speak for’ and ‘act for’ parliaments as institutions most often. In this post they discuss this paradox and some of their key findings in relation to the UK parliament. ‘Unless someone stood up for parliament as an […]

Three monkeys on the back of English fiscal devolution

Friday, 06 October 2017

The fiscal powers of English local authorities are extremely limited. In recent years there have been many proposals for significant fiscal devolution to take place, but little progress has been made on this agenda. In this post Mark Sandford argues that there are three fundamental reasons for this: the nature of the UK state, the […]

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