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The New Libya

Muammar Gaddafi fell from power in 2011 after a 42 year rule.  Dr. Johan Franzen considers the new Libya that has emerged. [one_half]News of the abduction of Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, recently made the headlines around the world. The former human rights lawyer, who for decades fought against Qaddafi's regime…

It’s in the bag: Parliament could be better connected to the people through a petitions select committee

Alexandra Runswick, Director of Unlock Democracy, argues that setting up a petitions committee could help connect citizens to directly parliament. [one_half]What exactly is Parliament's role in public engagement as distinct from MPs connecting with their constituents? Should an MP always be the first port of call or should people be able to…

An immodest proposal to revolutionise an ailing institution: ‘Guardians for future generations’

Dr. Rupert Read argues that  parliamentary democracy needs to be reformed so that future generations are formally represented. [one_half]This week, UEA Philosophy, Politics and Law Departments will be putting on a ‘Philosopher-Kings?’ event on the subject of “Is Parliament fit for purpose?”: This will take place on Fri Nov 15th at…

Is Parliament fit for purpose? Select Committee Reforms means that it has never been more so.

Richard Bacon MP argues that Parliament is fit for purpose.  The Wright reforms have re-invigorated Select Committees allowing them to hold the executive and senior public officials to account. [one_half]Is Parliament fit for purpose? Asking this question of any organisation implies there is a problem – that the organisation can no…