Electoral Modernisation in Scotland

The Scottish government published an exciting document making proposals for electoral reform in December 2017.  The Scottish Parliament recently gained new powers over the conduct of Scottish Parliamentary elections and electoral registration and already has devolved responsibility for local government elections. Earlier in 2018, I was kindly invited to speak at an event organised by…Read more Electoral Modernisation in Scotland

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The Higher Education Impact Agenda and Policy Change

Many academics around the globe, driven by a desire to use their accumulated expertise to improve the world, have long sought to achieve what is now known within higher education management as ‘impact’.  A new surge of activity, however, has arguably been unleashed in some countries in recent years.  Universities and academics have been pressured…Read more The Higher Education Impact Agenda and Policy Change

Scotland eyes online voting: here are some tips from past pilots

The Scottish government published an ambitious programme for reforming elections this week, which should be carefully read by everyone interested in elections across the UK. The one aspect (among many, many, many other important ones...) to catch the press was the proposal to trial electronic voting methods, such as internet voting. Here is a quick…Read more Scotland eyes online voting: here are some tips from past pilots

An Assessment of UK Electoral Integrity in 2017

How strong is the democratic integrity of UK elections? Are turnout, candidacies and participation maximised? The Democratic Audit is a long established project which has provided regular Audits of the quality of democracy in the UK. Originally set up in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust through two partners – Charter88 and the Human…Read more An Assessment of UK Electoral Integrity in 2017