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Planning the next Accession and Coronation

Robert Hazell and Bob Morris have been working on how to revise and update the three statutory oaths which the new sovereign must swear at accession and coronation. The new King must swear to be a true and faithful Protestant; to uphold the Presbyterian Church of Scotland; and the rights and privileges of the Church of England.  In a newly published report they present for discussion different reformulations of the oaths, updated for the UK’s more diverse and secular society.  A second report explains how the next coronation cannot be anything like that in 1953.  The coronation defines not just royalty, but British identity: how is that identity best represented in all its 21st century diversity?

Starts: May 30, 2018 6:15:00 PM

Representation in Britain

Drawing on a four-year ESRC funded study of parliamentary candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 general elections, this event shares research and insights into key questions around selection, campaigning, election and representation in Britain. Who are our parliamentary candidates? What motivates them to stand? How much does it cost to run? Are they representative of the constituents they serve?

Starts: Jun 18, 2018 6:30:00 PM

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The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: how will it impact the monarchy?

Monday, 21 May 2018

  On Saturday, the world turned on their televisions to watch the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Bob Morris offers his views on what the marriage could mean for the monarchy. This is the first in a small series of blogs about some constitutional aspects of […]

Federal reforms in Austria: is now the time to overcome gridlock?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The promise of ‘change’ was key for the Austrian Christian Democrats’ landslide victory in last year’s general elections. Recent sub-state polls, however, have perpetuated the influence of incumbent governors – and their power to veto the new government’s plans to reform Austria’s federal system. Patrick Utz analyses the links between current electoral dynamics, the country’s […]

Divided but influential? The Exiting the European Union select committee

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Select Committee on Exiting the European Union was formed in 2016 following the outcome of the EU referendum. Chaired by former International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, it is in many ways an outlier in the world of Commons committees. Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker discuss what makes it so unusual and analyse how it has operated since its […]

How Italy experienced (yet another) electoral system and why it may soon change it again

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

This year saw the Italian electorate vote under a new electoral system for the first time. However, this is the fourth time in 25 years that legislative reform has been passed by the Italian parliament. Gianfranco Baldini, Andrea Pedrazzani and Luca Pinto discuss how the new law came about and analyse how it operated in practice.  On 4 March 2018, […]

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