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Charter 88 was committed to achieving one central aim—shifting the nature of British democracy from a highly majoritarian polity to a more pluralistic or consensual model of democracy. This article argues that New Labour has not demonstrated a clear commitment to a more consensual or pluralist...
Led in large part by Charter 88 and the Scottish Constitutional Convention, the activities of the constitutional reform movement since the early 1990s have clearly helped to introduce new proportional voting systems into UK politics. Yet, at the same time, the Labour governments after 1997...
This article reviews the emergence of Charter 88 as a response to a particular political conjuncture in British politics. It argues that its programme of reform was not so much an attempt to resolve a political crisis that had proved unmanageable within the existing constitutional settlement, as...
Charter 88 was not (despite some hostile critics' claims) a movement mainly founded on abstract ideas, nor one specifically of, by or for intellectuals. Yet it had a very diverse set of intellectual roots and influences, drawing on many currents of thought ranging from global developments in...
This article argues that in debates on constitutional reform more attention should be paid to the potential contained in the office of the ombudsman. To illustrate the point it demonstrates that four of the constitutional demands made by the Charter 88 movement are already partially fulfilled by...
This paper examines the complex and ambiguous relationship between Charter 88, its philosophy of democratic constitutionalism and the Europeanisation of the UK. On the one hand, increased European linkages have proved helpful to the achievement of many of the Charter's domestic goals....
This paper argues that Charter 88 was fundamentally both the product and catalyser of an ‘aversive’ constitutionalist reaction on the Left and Centre of British politics to the perceived excesses of Thatcherite Conservative rule. Alongside this, other longer term, secular trends were also...
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