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Individual electoral registration and the future of representative democracy

In December 2011, a British Academy Forum discussed the government’s plans to introduce Individual Electoral Registration in the UK, and to feed in comments and concerns ahead of the publication of a Bill in early 2012. The British Academy Forum was attended by the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, Mark Harper MP, and experts from academia, the media, the civil service, local government and other public sector organisations. In this article, Professor Ron Johnston FBA and Professor Iain McLean FBA examine what this change in the way we register to vote would mean and, in particular, how it would impact on constituency boundaries and the nature of British representative democracy.

• Ron Johnston and Iain McLean

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, No. 19 (January 2012).