In this project, Dr Alan Renwick examines the changing character of democracy in the UK since 1945. The research focuses particularly on the changing roles that institutional structures have given to citizens and on how expectations regarding these roles have gradually shifted over time. It examines discourse particularly in the context of political reform debates, such as those on electoral reform. The research is funded by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.
The primary output of this project will be a book. Several publications that draw on the research from the project - relating specifically to electoral reform - are already available:
- Faces on the Ballot: The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2016), co-authored with Jean-Benoit Pilet.
- "The Quality of Referendum Debate: The UK's Electoral System Referendum in the Print Media", with Michael Lamb, Electoral Studies 32, no. 2 (June 2013), 294-304.
- "The Expenses Scandal and the Politics of Electoral Reform", with Michael Lamb and Berna Numan, Political Quarterly 82, no. 1 (January-March 2011), 32-41.