UCL Faculty of Laws


Have central banks and the regulatory state displaced constitutional democracy?

07 February 2019, 6:15 pm–7:45 pm

image of sir paul tucker sitting at a desk in a library

UCL Department of Political Science and UCL Faculty of Laws.

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AV Hill Lecture Theatre, Medical Science Buidling
Malet Place

About the event

Over the past quarter century, more and more big public policy decisions have been delegated by legislative assemblies to agencies insulated from day-to-day politics. While the most obvious examples are the super-powerful central banks, many of our laws are now made by independent regulators and the judicial tribunals that oversee them. It matters whether this form of governance squares with our deep political values: democracy, the rule of law, and constitutionalism. Paul Tucker argues in Unelected Power that the problem is serious, and has contributed to a creeping sense of alienation from our system of government. While defending the idea that independent agencies can help political communities commit to the public good, he advocates that constitutional democracies should adopt clearer principles on the delegation of power to unelected technocrats.

This event will be Paul Tucker in conversation with:

  • Tarun Khaitan, Associate Professor of Law, Universities of Melbourne and Oxford
  • Jeff King, Professor of Law, UCL
  • Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL

Sir Paul Tucker is chair of the Systemic Risk Council, a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

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