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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 […]

Northern Ireland talks: is a deal in prospect?

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Northern Ireland remains without a government. Dialogue has resumed, but the climate is conflictual, and exacerbated by Brexit. The foundations of the Good Friday Agreement may now be seriously shaken. There is some talk of a deal being in prospect, but room for doubt that anything lasting can be achieved. Alan Whysall provides an update […]

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