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Video: James Melton - Exploring Constitute: A New Tool for Searching National Constitutions

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Approximately 5 constitutions are replaced and 30 are amended each year. This year has already witnessed new constitutions in Fiji and Zimbabwe and constitutional amendments in Brazil, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland and Tonga. Despite the high frequency of constitutional change, constitutional drafters often lack systematic information on the contents of other countries’ constitutions that could help them decide what topics should be addressed in their constitution and how to address those topics. Constitute addresses this problem by putting searchable copies of the world’s constitutions online. However, Constitute is more than just a repository of constitutional texts. The project draws on data collected by the Comparative Constitutions Project over the last 8 years to assign topic tags to provisions within constitutions. This allows powerful, topic-based searches of those texts. There are more than 300 topics for users to choose from on the site, and for those interested in regional or temporal trends in constitution-making, the search results can be filtered by country and year.

Video: Bernard Jenkin- Accountability and Leadership in 21st Century Whitehall

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Bernard has been an MP since 1992. He was elected Chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Committee in 2010, the parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising "good government" across Whitehall, as well as the work of the Cabinet Office, the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Charities Commission. He is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security, and a member of the Executive of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Conservative MPs.

Patrick O'Brien gave evidence at the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.

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Patrick O'brien gave evidence at the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. The Committee was holding their fifth evidence session inquiring into the role of the judiciary if there were a codified constitution.

Launch of a New Report: The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution

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The Constitution Unit of University College London is today publishing a report which sets out a code of constitutional standards based on the reports of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Since 2001 the Committee has made many recommendations in its reports, and the goal of this report was to codify these recommendations in order to make the Committee’s analysis of the constitution more accessible.

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Party manifestos fail to offer clear commitments on the redrawing of Parliamentary boundaries

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:11 +0000

Will the rules for the redistribution of Parliamentary constituencies be changed by the next government – as recommended by a House of Commons Committee? Or will another disruptive exercise reducing the number of MPs begin within a year of the 2015 election, as currently scheduled? As Ron Johnston, David Rossiter and Charles Pattie show, there […]

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“In the absence of facts, myth rushes in”: Considering the consequences of a hung parliament in May 2015

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:00:07 +0000

On 15 April 2015, Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit, and Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government, spoke at a Constitution Unit seminar entitled ‘Coalition or Minority Government in May?’ Juliet Wells comments on the event. With a fortnight remaining before polling day, and national polls steadfastly suggesting that neither of […]

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18 days to the 2015 UK general election: Expect the unexpected

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:00:37 +0000

Chief Executive of The Electoral Commission Peter Wardle reflects on the practicalities of running a national election, and how this general election differs from 2010. The huge task of delivering the range of different polls taking place on 7 May – parts of England will see the highest level of combination of polls since 1979 – is well […]

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