Delegated legislation is central to the law-making process, but the process by which it is drafted in Whitehall and scrutinised in Westminster is deeply flawed.
This data project enhances the provision of information and analysis about the scrutiny of primary and secondary legislation by the Westminster Parliament.
A Year in the Life: From Member of Public to Member of Parliament
This study of newly elected representatives in four legislatures tells the story of what happens when members of the public become Members of Parliament.
Audit of Political Engagement
The Audit of Political Engagement is the only annual health check on British democracy and has measured the ‘political pulse’ of the nation for 13 years.
Parliaments, Public Engagement and Poverty Reduction
What role does parliamentary public engagement play in tackling poverty reduction? We’re looking at the role and work of MPs in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
Future Parliament: Restoration and Reform of the Palace of Westminster
The multi-billion pound refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster presents a one-in-150 year opportunity to reform the leading institution of our democracy.
Tuned in or Turned Off? Public Attitudes to Prime Minister’s Questions
PMQs is Parliament’s shop window. But some fear the weekly joust is so rowdy it is bringing the House of Commons into disrepute. But what do the public think?
Future Parliament: Hacking the Legislative Process // Capacity, Scrutiny, Engagement
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster
From finance to healthcare, technology has transformed the way we live, work and play. Can it also have a role in how we make our laws?
It's Brexit... So What Now for Parliament?
Portcullis House, Westminster
At this event leading parliamentary and constitutional experts, we will be debating the key questions now facing Parliament after Brexit.
Lord Speaker Hustings 2016
Robing Room, House of Lords
On 25 May the Hansard Society hosted the hustings for the Lord Speaker before a packed audience of Peers in the Robing Room in the House of Lords.
Despatch Box Blog
Government squandered public education opportunity with dismissive response to anti-Trump state visit e-petition
The government had the opportunity to engage with 1.8 million citizens. For a communication opportunity on this scale, more thought should have been applied.
‘Bonfire of the quangos’ legislation fizzles out
The Public Bodies Act provides a salutary example of the consequences when insufficient consideration has been given to how delegated powers will be used.
Trump, state visits and Parliament: precedent and process
Historically, it would be more unusual for US President Trump to have a state visit, or make an address in Westminster Hall, than not.
Why Parliament needs a ‘good Brexit’
How Parliament handles Brexit presents two scenarios for its position in the UK’s democratic system. One strengthens the executive, the other, Parliament.
Parliaments around the world: what can architecture teach us about democracy?
In a study of the plenary halls of every UN member-state, architectural firm XML analysed the relationships between space, decision-making and democracy.
Will the Great Repeal Bill be another ‘Abolish Parliament’ bill?
The Government's ‘Great Repeal Bill’ claims to 'give Parliament its sovereignty back’... Or is it asking Parliament to hand over a very large blank cheque?