• Reproducing the political class...

    By Nicholas Dickinson - via Democratic Audit: We elect politicians to represent us, and for most aspiring MPs the desire to serve the public is a key motivating factor. Yet, once in parliament, even the more idealistic tend to become members...

No more one-party councils: Demand a fair voting system for local elections

In a true democracy, election results should be determined by how people vote. Instead, England’s broken voting system hands parties unchecked power. By casting aside all votes apart from those for the biggest party, millions of people’s voices go unheard...

No Spring In The UK Air From Hammond

By Simon Wren-Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford:  I was not going to write anything about the non-event of Hammond’s Spring statement, in part because I confess I am tired of writing...

More votes but fewer seats? Surely you’re joking?

By Darren Hughes - Electoral reform Society: Imagine if at the next General Election one party received the most votes, but another – with fewer votes – returned more MPs. It sounds wholly unfair, undemocratic and absurd. But that is exactly...

The Power Of Governments To Nudge

TruePublica Editor: The author of this article argues that politically instigated 'nudging' can be a good thing for society as a whole and whilst he acknowledges that "Nudging has proven popular with governments around the world, with the UK in...

American Democracy Sold To The Highest Bidder

If the quality of democracy is to be measured by the extent to which it constrains the economically dominant, then American democracy is failing, writes George Tyler. Recent research has shown how campaign financing is skewing policy influence towards top earners....

5 Challenges For Civil Society In The Fourth Industrial Revolution

By David Sangokoya - CivilSocietyFutures: Watch any Hollywood science fiction movie, and there comes a point in every storyline where the advanced technologies meant to improve life start to show signs of impending disaster. Typically this is when the skeptical character...

Referendum Spending Is A Murky World

By Darren Hughes - Electoral Reform Society:  Negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union will dominate much of the political agenda this year. But 18 months on from the Brexit referendum, questions are still being asked about whether...

Half Of UK's Wealth In 2016 Comes From Making The Housing Crisis Worse

By Sara Mahmoud - New Economics Foundation: The rapid growth of land wealth has been driven by financial speculation. Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that UK wealth grew nearly 10% during 2016. The largest rise on...

Half Of UK’s Wealth In 2016 Comes From Making The Housing Crisis Worse

By Sara Mahmoud - New Economics Foundation: The rapid growth of land wealth has been driven by financial speculation. Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that UK wealth grew nearly 10% during 2016. The largest rise on...