My post for Democratic Audit (22 January 2015), considering the possible benefits of adding a ‘None of the above’ option to ballot papers at elections. I argued this would be only a superficial change, and that campaigning efforts would be better expended for reforms such as primaries, electoral reform or abolishing deposits.
Former Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell wrote an article shortly after his retirement from the Civil Service, criticising the ‘politicisation’ of policy-making. Craig Berry and I wrote a response for the academic journal Political Quarterly (7 April 2014), stressing that O’Donnell’s ideal depoliticised polity is in many ways a neo-liberal ideological construction that seeks to undermine voters’ ability to influence policy via the ballot box.
My post for the SPERI blog (28 January 2014) responding to the government’s proposal to appoint a Chief Financial Officer. I argued this was little more than a symbolic gesture, designed to further denigrate the role of elected politicians in democratic decision-making.
I wrote for Left Foot Forward (12 December 2013) on the launch of RE:SEAT, a new project aiming to elect independent MPs. I argued that is was a misguided attempt to address political problems, and fails to understand the important role played by ideology in achieving change.
My article, co-written with Craig Berry, for Whitehall Watch and Democratic Audit, on the Office for Budget Responsibility. The article examines whether the agency has yet been able to break free from the political grasp of the Treasury.