Wealthy people dominating politics makes us all angry - but if you have cash to splash, there’s plenty of ways people can hide their identity altogether, or get around the need to actually live here before filling the pockets of their favoured party.Read More
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In the lead up to the Referendum Unlock Democracy ran a series of deliberative events in association with Talkshop to help people make their mind up about how to vote. In this report we talk about our experience of running the workshops and present our findings. We also consider what we can learn from the recent referendum and how we can hold better referendums.Read More
WE have been brought up in Britain to believe that we are free: that our Parliament is the mother of democracy; that our liberty is the envy of the world; that our system of justice is always fair; that the guardians of our safety, the police and security services, are subject to democratic, legal control; that our civil service is impartial; that our cities and communities maintain a proud identity; that our press is brave and honest.Read More
We have produced a Guide to Lobbying in Scotland. It takes you on a walking tour of some of Edinburgh's commercial lobbying agencies; corporate in-house lobbying teams; industry bodies, think tanks; law firms; management consultants and charities, all of whom are trying to influence government decisions.
It asks that the Scottish government introduce a decent register of lobbyists.Read More
What does a general election look like from the point of view of the voters? Media attention tends to focus on the content of political parties’ messaging, and research tends to focus on its impact on turnout and voter behaviour. Unlock Democracy set out to examine something altogether different: we wanted to examine the levels of engagement, and how and where voters gained their information, as well as comparing local and national campaigning methods as perceived by voters.Read More
Although often well intentioned, turnout thresholds are ill-advised and undemocratic. This briefing examines the issues which arise from using minimum voter turnout requirements with reference to case studies from the UK and Italy.Read More