Government & Politics

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    Empowering the citizen

    Working for a stronger democracy, with more genuine power being devolved to local people.

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  • Judging the Public Interest

    Judging the Public Interest examines the Supreme Court's quashing of the Attorney General’s decision to block disclosure of the Prince of Wales’ correspondence with ministers. In doing so, the judiciary confused the rule of law with the rule of courts and overstepped its constitutional limits. The report recommends that Parliament act swiftly to overturn this wayward judgment, reaffirming the rule of law and Parliamentary authority. Read more

    Evans v Attorney General
  • Making the Case Against Expansive Judicial Power

    Professors Ekins and Gee argue that the public and politicians should be free to debate the role of the courts in our constitution, welcoming the willingness of some in the political class to restate the limits on judicial power and emphasising the primacy of an elected Parliament as the safeguard against injustice and the disadvantages of remaking the law by judicial process. Read the article

    Judicial Power
  • Ministers, International Law, and the Rule of Law

    Following the recent controversy over changes to the Ministerial Code, Professor John Finnis explains why the 2010 Code was wrong to imply that Ministers have an overarching duty to comply with international law and treaty obligations and why the formulation used in the 2015 Code is constitutionally sound. Read the article

    Read our previous article on the Ministerial Code

    Changes to the Ministerial Code
  • George Osborne and Charles Moore discuss Margaret Thatcher

    You can now watch George Osborne interview Charles Moore on the second volume of his biography of Margaret Thatcher, Everything She Wants. The book explores Lady Thatcher’s role during the critical point in her career from the Falklands to the 1987 General Election victory. Watch video

    Margaret Thatcher

Latest Government & Politics in the news

  • 22 September 2015 | Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

    • The Spectator's Isabel Hardman covers Policy Exchange's event with John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. The Speaker set out his thoughts on how PMQs could be improved (beyond better behaviour from MPs), including a longer session and a mix of open and substantive questions from MPs.

  • 17 June 2015 | Labour needs a JFK to prevent it sliding into bloody civil war

    • Daily Telegraph Columnist Mary Riddell cites findings from Policy Exchange's new report Overlooked But Decisive. The report finds that C1 and C2 voters value family, fairness and equality above all else and that the Labour party better represents these views than the Tories, but this has failed to translate into votes for Labour.

Latest Government Publications

  • 15 June 2015 | Overlooked But Decisive: Connecting with England’s Just about Managing classes

    • Despite their overwhelming importance, “squeezed middle” voters - those in the C1/C2 socio-economic classes - across England’s most marginal seats feel overlooked and unrepresented. Overlooked but Decisive examines the values and political attitudes of this group and develops a detailed profile of this groups values and beliefs.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

Latest Government & Politics Blogs

  • 03 December 2015 | Who judges the public interest? The future of the rule of law

    • Professor Richard Ekins, Director of Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project, sets out how senior judges have exceeded the limits of their constitutional authority in the Evans v Attorney General case, which forced the disclosure of Prince Charles' correspondence with ministers.

  • 19 November 2015 | Making the Case Against Expansive Judicial Power

    • Reflecting on Professor Finnis’ recent lecture on the past, present and future of judicial power, and on responses to the lecture, Professors Ekins and Gee consider how best to make the case against expansive judicial power. They argue that the public and politicians should be free to debate frankly the role of the courts in our constitution, welcoming the willingness of some in the political class to restate the traditional limits on judicial power and emphasising the primacy of an elected Parliament as the safeguard against injustice and the disadvantages of remaking the law by judicial process.

Latest Government Event

  • 03 December 2015 | Judging the Public Interest: The Rule of Law vs. the Rule of Courts

    • Policy Exchange was to host the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Alistair Darling; Lord Hoffmann, former Law Lord; and Lord Justice Bean to discuss Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project's new report Judging the Public Interest. The discussion was chaired by Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, and also included the report authors Professor Christopher Forsyth and Professor Richard Ekins.

  • 15 October 2015 | Margaret Thatcher: Everything she wants - Charles Moore in conversation with George Osborne

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting the official launch of the second volume of Charles Moore’s acclaimed biography of Margaret Thatcher - Everything She Wants. In dialogue with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Charles Moore will explore Lady Thatcher’s role during this critical point in her career from the Falklands to the General Election victory of 1987.

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