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International Best Practice and the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

Schleiter, P; Fleming, TG; (2021) International Best Practice and the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission. The Political Quarterly , 92 (1) pp. 74-79. 10.1111/1467-923x.12960. Green open access

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Abstract

The UK government has pledged to establish a Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission. This body will have a wide remit to recommend potentially sweeping constitutional change. This article draws on international experience and best practice to outline how the commission might best organise the process to produce proposals which are widely supported, fit for purpose, and durable. We argue that to achieve these goals the commission’s organisation should reflect three key principles: impartiality, expertise, and public participation. This would reflect international best practice and build on recent domestic developments. We argue that these principles can best be achieved if the commission works through a citizens’ assembly that combines members of the public with party politicians. This would be a new departure for the UK, but a necessary one given the scale of the government’s constitutional reform agenda, and its stated goal of restoring public trust in politics.

Type: Article
Title: International Best Practice and the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1467-923x.12960
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-923x.12960
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. The Political Quarterly published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Political Quarterly Publishing Co (PQPC) This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: citizens’ assembly, constitutional change, Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134362
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