Parliament and the political process

Total recall: the background to the recall of Parliament

, 25 September 2014

Parliament is being recalled on Friday to debate the UK response to the Iraqi Government's request for support against ISIL. But what is ‘recall’, how is it decided when MPs and peers should be summoned back to Westminster when Parliament isn’t sitting, and how unusual is it?

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I-Parliament?

, 12 September 2014

The government has made much of ‘digital by default’. Now Parliament is getting in on the act with its new e-system for written questions. How might it make a difference?

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16 scenarios for governing after the referendum

, 11 September 2014

In this context, the Institute for Government publishes today a new scenarios analysis paper that looks at the effects and the implementation challenges of 16 distinct scenarios – 10 for Scotland, 4 for Wales and 2 for Northern Ireland – ranging from the status quo in each country, through various proposed systems for further...

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Every committee wants its say: Parliamentary scrutiny in the run up to the general election

, 3 September 2014

A relatively thin Queen’s speech last June had many speculating that a lacklustre “zombie parliament” lay in store for the 2014-2015 session. We thought it would be interesting to examine the data on select committee activity in the run up to the last general election to see whether the “zombie parliament” label is...

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Dissolving a Civil Partnership: the Home Civil Service after Independence

, 29 August 2014

At present, almost 44,000 civil servants are working in Scotland: 27,000 for UK Government departments and around 17,000 for the Scottish Government. It is not clear what will happen to these civil servants in the event of independence.

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Commons divisions

, 29 August 2014

The normal tranquillity of Westminster in August has been broken this year by a rumbling row over the appointment of the next Clerk of the House. The interviews for the top official in the House of Commons were completed in July. But the final stage of the process, whereby the name of the candidate...

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No longer just big party dominance

, 28 August 2014

Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP and his decision to fight a by-election is a reminder that the UK now has a multi-party system – even though Westminster and Whitehall have only partially conceded the shift. We still largely live in the mindset in English national politics – even if not in European and mayoral...

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Guest blog: A new Magna Carta?

, 28 August 2014

2015 will see the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta—one of the most important constitutional documents in history. The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, which I chair, has been looking forwards, rather than back, by working on a major project with King’s College London to ask whether the UK needs a codified constitution and...

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The Prime Minister must ensure that he gets a chief executive at the centre

, 15 July 2014

The idea of appointing a full-time chief executive to lead the Civil Service is correct – provided the responsibilities and authority match the role. There are worrying signs in yesterday’s announcement that they will not, and we may have the second muddled reorganisation in three years.

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Government reshuffle 2014 – live-blog

, 15 July 2014

The latest data on the reshuffle from the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor team. Follow the conversation on twitter @instituteforgov, @GavinFreeguard, @caraghnimmo and #WhitehallMonitor.

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