Democratic Audit is an independent research organisation, established as a not-for-profit company, and based at the London School of Economics. Our core objective is to advance education, and to undertake and promote research into, the quality and effectiveness of UK democracy.
We are grant funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to conduct research into the quality of democracy in the UK and are currently conducting the fourth full Audit of UK democracy (the previous three Audits were published in 1996, 1999 and 2002). We also monitor democracy and freedom in Britain through a series of democracy assessments, reports and commissions, and through evidence to Parliament and official bodies.
The Audit was originally set up in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust through two partners – Charter88 and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Until the early 2000s, the Audit was based at the Human Rights Centre, at the University of Essex, but scholars and experts from all over Britain and the world have long worked with us on our projects and reports. The new co-Directors of Democratic Audit are Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Dr Jonathan Hopkins.
The move to the LSE will see the Audit move towards a more continuous monitoring format, using blogs and updates that are shorter and better suited to reaching larger audiences of citizens and political elites in a timely way.
The Audit will become more of a collaborative, open source network for co-producing high-quality information and research, involving a wider range of academics from universities across the UK, and interested professionals and citizen-researchers with a contribution to make.
it will also seek to contribute to refreshing and renewing the well-springs of local democratic debate, working with citizen groups to improve the information that is easily digitally available to all UK citizens about elections, political life and democracy in their own local area.
The Audit will also greatly develop the Audit’s comparative data aspects so that journalists, academics, politicians and citizens can all more easily see how UK is leading or lagging behind other comparable countries in our democratic and constitutional practices”.
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4 March 2013