The Political Quarterly, 2009 Lecture: Doing Politics Differently



    1. Labour Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase, chair of the Public Administration Select Committee and co-editor of The Political Quarterly.
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A discussion of how politics is done in Britain, and how it could be done differently. It explores the relationship between culture and structure in politics, and between strong government and effective accountability. The argument is that the concentration on structures can lead to a neglect of the importance of political culture. It suggests that there are three democratic levels, and that Britain does better on one than on the others; and identifies a range of democratic issues to be tackled. It concludes by suggesting that even without major instrumental changes there are cultural changes that would make a difference to how politics is done in Britain.