The Constitution Unit


Constitutions and Constitution-Making

Handwritten document

While much of the work of the Constitution Unit focuses on particular parts of the institutional structure of politics, some issues cut across those points and relate to constitutional structures - and the mechanisms through which those structures change - in the round.

Several of the Unit's earliest reports looked at constitutional reform across a broad canvas, as did two largescale exercises in constitutional forecasting: Constitutional Futures and Constitutional Futures RevisitedCurrent projects include research into about attitudes to democracy in the UK, through our Democracy in the UK after Brexit project, and a project seeking to inform public debate about Constitutional Principles and the Health of Democracy.

Dispatch box

Constitutional Principles and the Health of Democracy

This project seeks to inform debate about UK democracy and constitutional change, and to promote the importance of maintaining constitutional and democratic standards.  

Logo reading Democracy in the UK after Brexit

Democracy in the UK after Brexit

A project using surveys and a citizens’ assembly to examine public attitudes to democracy in the UK today.

Democracy matters logo

Democracy Matters

The Democracy Matters project ran two citizens' assemblies in autumn 2015, which considered local governance and Britain's constitutional future.

People sitting at tables in conference-style setting

Designing a Constitutional Convention

A report examining questions relating to the establishment and running of a constitutional convention.