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Why we need a Committee for Future Generations in the House of Lords

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development has proposed that the House of Lords establish a Committee for Future Generations to review legislation. It is hoped that such a body would reduce the short-termism that can creep into legislative and executive decision-making. Graham Smith explains why this Committee is needed and how it could work in […]

What is the Salisbury convention, and have the Lords broken it over Brexit?

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons today for consideration of the numerous amendments made during its eventful passage though the Lords. Some commentators have accused the Lords of exceeding their constitutional authority, with the Salisbury convention being cited in defence of this position. David Beamish discusses how the convention operates and argues that the […]

Ten Things to Know about the next Accession and Coronation

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Last month Robert Hazell and Bob Morris published two reports about the next Accession and Coronation, which were discussed in a previous blog. Along the way they gathered a lot of extra information, which has now been publishedwhich has now been published on the Monarchy pages of the Constitution Unit website. The following represents a […]

Drawing boundaries: the problem of gerrymandering in the US

Friday, 01 June 2018

Recently, courts at both the federal and state level have been forced to get involved in the process of defining electoral borders in the US, as organisations across the country have started legal claims designed to overturn what they see as unfair electoral maps. Richard Briffault explains what is meant by gerrymandering, how it has been […]

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