Hansard Society in the Media
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Dr. Ruth Fox, the Hansard Society's Director of the Parliament and Government Programme has written a piece for The Huffington Post about Europe. It is titled: Europe: Adding a Democratic Crisis to an Economic One? Dr. Fox wrote,
"Britain may have wielded its first ever veto in defence of the financial institutions in the City of London last week but an even bigger national, indeed universal interest, was also at stake: the very concept of parliamentary democracy itself."
To read more please click here.
Dr. Andy Williamson, the Hansard Society's Director of Digital Democracy, took part in a discussion on BBC2’s Newsnight talking about the Government's new Your Freedom website.
To watch, follow this link to the programme on the BBC iPlayer. The package assessing the Your Freedom website starts at approximately 36 minutes in.
Coalition government: lessons from near and far - PublicService.co.uk, Monday 24 May 2010 - Dr. Fox looks at the new coalition deal from a comparative perspective and suggests that too much detail in the agreement could hamper its efficacy.
Article in response to our new report Has Devolution Delivered for Women? including comments from Dr. Ruth Fox - Wales Online / Western Mail, Tuesday May 25 2010.
Report on the differing outcomes in Mock Elections of two local schools in Worthing, West Sussex - Worthing Herald, Thursday 13 May 2010
Dr. Andy Williamson, Director of Hansard Society's Digital Democracy Programme has written about the voting system in the UK for Local Government Chronicle, saying that it is out of date and needs updating. Andy said:
"It seems blindingly obvious in this digitally enabled age of IT-led
process transformation that we should be able to register, vote and
count those votes so much more efficiently and reliably if we use the
right tools and develop better processes to support them. "
Read the full article here
Dr. Andy Williamson - keynote
speaker at the European eDemocracy Conference
Director of Digital Democracy, Dr. Andy
Williamson, gave a keynote address at the European eDemocracy Conference in
Krems, Austria. The speech, entitled 'Embedding Citizens at the Heart of
Democracy' took a challenging look at how digital democracy initiatives have
failed to engage citizens in a climate of individualism, government technocracy
and risk aversion. It set out some routes to overcome these problems such as
allowing solutions to emerge from both government and civil society through
effective partnerships that can help overcome the distrust felt. The speech will be available to read here shortly, in the meantime Andy answered five questions on the future of eDemocracy in this short video:
The media has been eager to hear our experts' views on various issues over the course of the 2010 General Election:
Chaotic polling problems lead to calls for e-voting - BBC Online, Friday 7 May 2010. Dr. Andy Williamson comments on electronic voting in the wake of voter anger over not being able to vote in some areas.
Dr. Ruth Fox on the political parties' options following the General Election (YouTube clip) - Bloomberg TV, Friday 7 May 2010
Cameron may ignore guidelines and claim victory - The Guardian, Wednesday 5 May 2010
No magic number for Conservatives in election - Reuters, Wednesday 5 May, 2010
Media attention for the Hansard Society's new report on trust in politics:
Politics of Trust: what's trust got to do with it? - The Public Trust Partnership Wednesday May 5, 2010
'No' to business as usual politics - Public Service, Wednesday May 5, 2010
Dr. Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society's Parliament and Government Programme, gave her views to politics.co.uk on the "wash-up" process that proceeds the dissolution of Parliament before a general election.