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    Royal Society of Edinburgh
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The Independent Commission on Referendums: who, what, why and how

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What should the role of referendums be? Can we improve their conduct? We want to hear your views!

In October, the Constitution Unit launched an Independent Commission on Referendums, to review the role of referendums in British democracy and consider how their rules and practice could be improved. The Commission is meeting monthly, and intends to report in the Summer of 2018. At this seminar, the chair and members of the Commission will discuss their task, how they are setting about it, and the input they need from other experts and the public to ensure that the Commission draws on the widest possible evidence base. They will make particular reference to recent Scottish experience of referendums.


Sir Joe Pilling, Chair of the Commission
Dr Alan Renwick, Research Director for the Commission
Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Charlotte Street Partners, former MSP and Commission member
Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law

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Organiser of The Independent Commission on Referendums: who, what, why and how - Edinburgh Seminar The Constitution Unit is an independent and non-partisan research centre based in the Department of Political Science at University College London. The seminar is being hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh