This special lecture was delivered at the British Academy on 15 March 2011, in the new Wolfson Auditorium, to mark the Academy’s extension into 11 Carlton House Terrace.
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Published in British Academy Review, No. 19 (January 2012).
Lecture by Sir David Cannadine FBA, delivered on 15 March 2011 (venue: The British Academy). Introduced by Lord Bragg FBA
Includes David Cannadine on Gladstone’s Home. Also: 400 years of sacred English. Al-Qaeda now. Policing ourselves. The stories the Greeks have told themselves. Electoral registration.
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.