October 2018

In comparative league tables of liberal democracies the UK’s democracy is judged to be First Division, but not Premier League

Democratic Audit UK: Ranking established liberal democracies against countries that are still developing a democratic polity risks awarding the long-lived countries ‘ceiling’ scores at the top of the table – feeding complacency amongst their elites and domestic publics that they can now rest easy on their laurels. However quantitative rankings typically do not treat the UK […]

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The Graveyard of First Past the Post

Electoral Reform Society: Around the world, voters in country after country have chosen to bury First Past the Post. Thankfully, this particular fiend from the past is staying in the ground. While voters in every country that uses First Past the Post are campaigning to get rid of it, there are no campaigns to bring it […]

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Latest press releases from the Boundary Commission

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has issued the following press releases: Ward boundaries finalised for new East Suffolk Council Ward boundaries finalised for new West Suffolk Council Ward boundaries finalised for new Dorset Council Ward boundaries finalised for new Somerset West and Taunton Council

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Chocolate for democracy

Democracy Club: We dedicated last week to loads of blogs about open data on the UK’s political representatives. In case you missed it — where were you? — catch up with our Big Roundup Blog Post. Normal Fridayblog service resumes forthwith. We have jobs, we’re thinking about candidate crowdsourcing, we’re pitching for chocolate money, and more!

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Wrapping up our research on Representatives (for now)

Democracy Club: We started this week asking “What would it take to make a list of all representatives in the UK?”. To answer this question, or at least create more questions we gave ourselves a week’s “spike”. The idea was to get to the end of the week more informed and able to make some decisions about whether […]

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Chief Executive of Electoral Commission appointed to lead new trade body

Electoral Commission Media Release: Claire Bassett has been appointed to Department for International Trade (DIT) as the Chief Executive Designate of the future Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), which will be responsible for providing a safety net to protect domestic industry from unfair trading practices after the UK leaves the European Union.

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