What can we learn about democracy from NHS Foundation Trust elections?

My post for the Crick Centre blog, at the University of Sheffield (9 December 2014). I gave an overview of the innovative practices used at NHS Foundation Trust elections based on research for Health Election Data, and also considered the future of NHS democracy after expected changes to the FT model.


Referendum is both a boon and a curse for bid to lower the voting age

My article for The Conversation (24 September 2014) in the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, responding to the growing political support for lowering the voting age to 16. I summarised arguments in favour of the change, and highlighted a downside with the idea that it be discussed in a constitutional convention.

Votes at 16 in NHS Foundation Trust elections

My post for Health Election Data (August 2014) on the practice of allowing 16 year olds to vote and stand in NHS Foundation Trust elections. This makes NHS elections almost unique – fully before the Scottish independence referendum – and could mean they provide a valuable source of research evidence. In the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, 16 and 17…


Should the UK lower the voting age to 16?

I edited a new Democratic Audit ebook (4 July 2014) with Sean Kippin, debating the pros and cons of lowering the voting age to 16. The collection features contributions from leading academics and politicians. Our introduction arguing for the reform is reproduced below.   Few could find disagreement with the principle that democracies should allow all…