Democracy in Britain: Essays in honour of James Cornford

04 February 2014

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), with support from the Nuffield Foundation, has published a collection of essays in honour of James Cornford. Together, they set out a democratic reform agenda for Britain in the 21st century. 

James was responsible for some of the most pioneering and influential work on constitutional and democratic reform in the UK in recent times. He was Director of the Nuffield Foundation from 1981 to 1989 and founding director of IPPR, where 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. 

James played an important role in refocusing the Nuffield Foundation’s programmes at a time if was facing straitened circumstances brought on by the belated sale of its British Leyland shares. Over time, he returned to the central aims set out in the deed of trust: to do good particularly, though not only, by means of research, rather than to support research as an end in itself.

Democracy in Britain: Essays in honour of James Cornford is available to download from the IPPR website. It is edited by Guy Lodge and Glenn Gottfried. 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