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
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Unlock Democracy wants to see substantial change to the culture of party funding. Parties should be recognised as providing a beneficial, democratic service to to civil society along with greater focus on local campaigning and decentralisation.Read More
This paper makes the case for an English Devolution Enabling Act. The purpose is to make a contribution to the existing debate about how to introduce greater self-governance to England, alongside other valuable interventions already made in this area, including the ‘Illustrative draft Code for central and local government’, issued by the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee.Read More
This paper examines how a process of constitution-making should take place in the light of the Scottish Independence Referendum. It sets out the options, gathers evidence from around the world on how those options might work, and weighs the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.Read More
Unlock Democracy has published a new pamphlet by Liberal Democrat Party President Ros Scott, charting the decline of local government. In How Healthy is our Local Democracy?, Baroness Scott cites four main areas where local politics has declined in recent years: finance, bureaucracy, media and competitive elections.Read More