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The average Scottish local authority is 50 times bigger than the EU average

Only real local democracy can rebuild our communities

The last twelve months have changed the way many of...

Current Affairs Commentary
There should be no off-switch for transparency

This loophole is letting lobbying go under the...

A major loophole in Scotland’s lobbying register is undermining transparency...

Current Affairs Commentary
“Citizens’ assemblies are being used to upgrade Scottish democracy”

Holyrood must take forward the Citizens’ Assembly’s calls...

Politicians must move Scottish democracy forward by putting citizens at...

Current Affairs Commentary
Thriving, empowered communities develop the foundations for long term prosperity

Scotland’s local democracy is not an optional extra

The experience of the covid-19 crisis has served to underline...

Current Affairs Commentary
Constitutional Convention

Scottish House of Citizens

The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland has proposed an idea that...

ERS Scotland
Reforming the Lords is a rare issue that is popular across all parties

Replace Lords with a senate of the regions...

Overhauling Parliament’s London-dominated second chamber would help empower the UK’s...

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A House of Citizens could revolutionise Scottish democracy

It’s time to put deliberation at the heart...

Last Saturday the final session of the Citizen’s Assembly of...

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ERS Annual report 2020

Building a better democracy – 2020 and the...

It’s hard to think of a more troubling year in...

Developments at the ERS
the Prime Minister should be exploring new ways to give power to local communities

Boris Johnson might not like devolution but it’s...

This article was originally published on inews.co.uk. You could dismiss...

Current Affairs Commentary
“We must be able to see who is pumping money into influencing powerful figures”

How Holyrood can close the lobbying loopholes –...

Scotland’s lax transparency rules are leaving voters in the dark...

Current Affairs Commentary
2019 must be the last election with voters left in the dark

As the Scottish Government closes the ‘dark ads’...

For too long now, online political campaigning in Britain has gone effectively...

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Local leaders need a strong challenge, regardless of which party they come from

Looking back at a decade of proportional representation...

"When we now come to use Westminster’s one-person-takes-all system in...

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