My article with Craig Berry for the International Longevity Centre UK (12 November 2013), responding to Gus O’Donnell’s criticism of older people’s benefits in a recent article for Political Quarterly. We argued his diagnosis of the problem was misleading and his proposed solution betrayed anti-democratic sentiment.
My article with Sean Kippin for Total Politics (15 October 2013), arguing that voters in the constituency of the House of Commons Speaker are disenfranchised by parliamentary custom. We suggested ways of reforming the office to address this democratic deficit.
My article, co-written with Sean Kippin, for Democratic Audit (27 August 2013) on the way Speakers of the House of Commons are elected. We argued that Speakers’ constituents are disenfranchised by the process, and consider what the UK can learn from other countries.
Part two of my data analysis for Democratic Audit (8 August 2013) on MPs’ geographical roots, considering where MPs went to university and worked before their election. I found, in particular, that the southern regions of England are over-represented in MPs’ employment and academic backgrounds.
Part one of my data analysis for Democratic Audit (16 July 2013) on MPs’ geographical roots, considering birthplaces and secondary schools. I found only around half of MPs were born in the region they represent, let alone their constituency, despite many stressing their local origins to voters.
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.