Our political institutions and norms have been thrown into the air by Brexit and the discontent it has forced Westminster to confront. We cannot and should not go back. But as the pieces fall back down to earth, we are yet to work out how to reconfigure our democratic institutions to expand and open up political life, to contest the hegemony of the present while facilitating debate.

The articles in this issue begin this process by considering the state of democracy in the UK and how it can be strengthened.