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.
- Editorial / Carys Roberts and Laurie Laybourn-Langton
- The role of group psychology in democracy / Stephen Reicher
- Whatever happened to digital democracy? / Joe Mitchell
- The breakdown of civil speech / Rafael Behr
- Thinking beyond our boundaries / Carys Roberts and Sophie Howe
- From community wealth-building to system change / Joe Guinan and Martin O’Neill
- Beyond the current gender wars / Davina Cooper
- Overhauling the Westminster model / Jessica Garland
- Democratic success or failure? / John Curtice
- Democratic politics and the tools of warfare / Nick Pearce
- The oldest tricks in the newest ways/ Tamasin Cave
- ‘Our distrust is very expensive’/ Linda Arch
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.