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.
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
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.
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?
Is Parliament Ready for Brexit?
Leading parliamentary and constitutional experts debated the implications for Parliament of the recent Brexit vote at a Society event in Westminster.
It’s Brexit… So What Now for Parliament?
Following the EU referendum, and the decision in favour of Brexit, what are the legislative and constitutional implications for both Houses of Parliament?
Delegated Legislation: Frequently Asked Questions
A series of high-profile pieces of delegated legislation have made the headlines in recent months. But what is this and why is it important?
A new generation get the key to the Dáil
Ireland’s 32nd parliament met for the first time on 10 March 2016 following a general election which failed to offer an obvious coalition government option.
Lifting the Lid: The European Union Referendum (Voter Registration) Regulations 2016
What happens when Government needs to fast-track a statutory instrument? Here we explore the SI that extended the EU referendum voter registration deadline.
Reflections on the Strathclyde Review
Our initial response to Lord Strathclyde’s review of the Lords’ power over statutory instruments, drawing on three years of research into delegated legislation.