Brexit consequentials: why the UK must involve the devolved governments in the process of leaving the EU

, 24 June 2016

Every single local authority area in Scotland voted Remain. Meanwhile, with the exception of London, every region in England voted Leave, as did Wales. Northern Ireland voted narrowly to remain, but with a large minority, mainly from the unionist community, opting for Leave, in line with the preference of Northern Ireland’s unionist First Minister....

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Big questions after Brexit

, 24 June 2016

The Prime Minister has triggered a Conservative Party leadership process, to establish who will lead the UK government through the challenges ahead. In the short term, this means we effectively have a caretaker government. The PM will remain in place and for uncontroversial issues, the cabinet nature of our government will come to the...

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Ministers reflect: on reshuffles

, 22 June 2016

Reshuffles are a key part of any prime minister’s power; a way to reward loyalty and build allies through promotion, and to assert authority over colleagues perceived as poor performers or disloyal through demotion or relegation to the backbenches. Reshuffles can also be used to signal a shift in policy, a fresh start or...

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The history of changes of Prime Minister

, 21 June 2016

It is far from unusual for us to have a change of Prime Minister without a general election. Since the Second World War there have been almost as many changes of PM from within the same party as there have as a result of a general election (six during a parliament, seven as a...

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Digital government: a new approach is needed

, 21 June 2016

To achieve a transformation of government through the use of digital technologies requires a complete reversal of the current way of looking at the challenge. Instead of viewing the problem from the point of view of the internet, we must start with the political process of policy design. This is our conclusion from research,...

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The referendum and the British constitution: strange bedfellows?

, 20 June 2016

The EU referendum campaign has not been the finest advertisement for evidence-based, deliberative decision-making, but the genie of direct democracy is hard to put back in its bottle. Referendums seem here to stay, at least for the biggest constitutional questions, and quite possibly on an expanding range of issues. And at some point the...

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