Towards a new constitutional settlement

Document type
Paper
Publisher
Smith Institute
Date of publication
25 April 2007
Subject(s)
Legislation
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This collection of essays sets out to examine how the UK’s constitutional architecture might develop in the coming years.  Despite major constitutional and institutional reform since 1997 much remains to be done to ensure that government and parliament are relevant to the public and are more open, transparent and responsive to people’s concerns. The challenge involves finding a way to reconnect individuals and communities to the state; to narrow the gap between the represented and their representatives; to bring power closer to the people; and to ensure that these democratic reforms are achieved in a manner that maintains high standards of law making, scrutiny and delivery. Written by constitutional scholars, political scientists and politicians of all parties, these essays display the complexity and nuance involved in this area, and highlights the wide range of angles from which a more formalised constitutional creed might be built. The collection also includes an attempt by a class of political science undergraduates to codify the constitution as it now stands.

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