The Hansard Society

The Hansard Society believes the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.

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The Hansard Society believes that the health of representative democracy rests on the foundation of a strong Parliament and an informed and engaged citizenry.

Founded in 1944, we are a charity working in the UK and around the world to promote democracy and strengthen parliaments. An independent, non-partisan political research and education Society our work is devoted to:

  1. Exploring the evolution of representative democracy: offering evidence-based ideas for reform of political and parliamentary institutions, processes and culture to help foster democratic renewal.

  2. Educating citizens, particularly young people: so that they have the knowledge and confidence to play an active role in our democracy and be future leaders in civic and political life.

  3. Connecting citizens with parliamentarians and policy-makers: through innovative on and off-line initiatives to address the democratic deficit.

  4. Convening debate on topical political issues: providing a non-partisan forum for the exchange of ideas about our democratic future.

For more information about the work of the Hansard Society subscribe to our newsletter below or visit our website here. You can find out more about our quarterly journal, Parliamentary Affairs, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, at pa.oxfordjournals.org.

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