James was responsible for some of the most pioneering and influential work on constitutional and democratic reform in the UK in recent times. As founding director of IPPR, he was the driving force behind The Constitution of the United Kingdom (1991) which provided the blueprint for much of the constitutional change enacted by the New Labour governments.
Edited by Guy Lodge and Glenn Gottfried (IPPR), contributing authors include:
- Stuart White (Oxford University) - What kind of democracy should we want?
- Stuart White and Martin O'Neill (University of York) - 'The New Labour That Wasn't': The lessons of what might have been
- Stuart Wilks-Heeg (University of Liverpool) - Tackling the power gap: A new constitutional reform agenda
- Colin Crouch (University of Warwick) - Dealing with corporate political power
- Mat Lawrence (IPPR) - Democratising the economy
- Jessica Asato (Fabian Society) - Tomorrow's political parties
- Jamie Bartlett (Demos) - Populism, social media and democratic strain
- Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow) - Citizens excluded
- Mark Elliott (Cambridge University) - Law, rights and constitutional politics
- Alan Trench (University of Ulster) - Devolution and the future of the union
- Michael Kenny (Queen Mary University) - The English question: Identity, diversity and nationhood in England
- Ed Cox (IPPR North) - Decentralisation and localism in England
- Vivien Schmidt (Boston University) - Dealing with Europe's other deficit
- Lord Kenneth Macdonald (former director of public prosecutions) - Democratising secrecy: Overseeing security and intelligence
To mark the publication of Democracy in Britain, IPPR has made available once again The Constitution of the United Kingdom, a landmark document in British constitutional debates and an inspiration and starting point for many of the arguments and ideas put forward in this volume.
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.