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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


ESRC - Devolution and Constitutional Change

Charlie Jeffery directed the Economic and Social Research Council's research programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change from 2000-6, connecting academic research with policymakers in all parts of the UK. The programme made a major contribution inter alia to the 2002 House of Lords Constitutional Committee's report on Inter-Institutional Relations in the UK, the 2004 Richard Commission report on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements of the National Assembly for Wales, and the report of the House of Commons Select Committee on the office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill (for which Jeffery was Specialist Adviser).

The Institute continues to contribute to the UK's constitutional debate and its various forums, including the SNP Government's National Conversation and the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution in Scotland, the All-Wales Convention and Holtham Commission on Finance in Wales, debates on the government of England, working with the Policy Exchange and ippr think tanks in London, and House of Commons Select Committee Inquiries. The Institute's 2008 seminar series on UK Constitutional Scenarios has provided a forum for discussion of constitutional alternatives, with input from all Scotland's main political parties.

Charlie Jeffery is a member of the Independent Expert Group of Finance set up to present ideas to the Calman Commission on one of the most sensitive aspects of the Scottish devolution arrangements, following on from his earlier work with Andrew Scott on the Scottish fiscal debate for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry [attached]. The first report of the Expert Group was published on 17 November. Alan Trench also contributed a section on Swiss territorial finance to that report, and has presented evidence to both the Calman Commission and the National Conversation on the finance debate.

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