Ruling the Ruler: Parliament, the People and Britain’s Political Identity

Ruling the Ruler?  Britain’s legacy of political freedom will change post-referendum politics, says next Politeia pamphlet

Publication: Monday 20th June

Ruling the Ruler: Parliament, the People and Britain’s Political Identity

For many people, the EU referendum is about ‘Who should rule Britain?’. That question, says Sheila Lawlor, Politeia’s Director in Ruling the Ruler: Parliament, the People and Britain’s Political Identity, has been the key to Britain’s political evolution over centuries. 

As Dr Lawlor, a British political historian explains, the freedom to decide the laws of the country, and hold the executive, whether king or government to account, has marked this country out for centuries, reinforced by the separation of powers.

Failed Forecasting: The Treasury, the EU and Britain's future

Failed Forecasting

How Treasury distorts Brexit figures


The Treasury’s breach of political neutrality in the EU referen­dum campaign struck many as ill advised. Far worse, however, is its breach of economic fundamentals.

Publication: Wednesday 8th June

Flawed Forecasts: The Treasury, the EU and Britain’s future

As Professor Patrick Minford explains in Flawed Forecasts, the Treasury, the EU and Britain’s future, not only do the Treasury’s methods fail to stand up to academic scrutiny, but the public has been deceived by it costing a damaging worst case option in their imagined post Brexit scenario. Indeed in mimicking the establish­ment ‘consensus’, the Treasury neglects the true options, the true benefits and the true costs. These, explains Professor Minford, would be considerable.

Forthcoming events and publications

Politeia's Parliament Series: Forthcoming events and publications


The Executive and the Judiciary

Tuesday 5th July, 7 - 8p.m

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Moses, The Rt Hon Sir Edward Garnier QC MP, and Martin Howe QC to respond.

Forthcoming events and publications

Politeia's Referendum Series: Forthcoming events and publications




Politeia's Latest Publication

Banking on Recovery

Towards an accountable, stable financial sector

By Lord McFall, Dr Syed Kamall, Dr Gerard Lyons, Professors Richard Roberts, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Kent Matthews, David B. Smith, Melanie Powell, Dr Eugene Michaels and  Dr Sheila Lawlor.

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Press Release


Read Stephen Hammond MP's response to the publication.

Publication: Thursday 21st of April 2016

The financial crisis of 2007/8 and its causes still loom large in the debate about Britain’s economy and its recovery. While politicians and economists agree on some of the main contributing factors and the broad principles needed to guide future policy, there is less certainty about next steps. How should the law be shaped? Are the UK government and its European counterparts on the right tracks?

In this volume, some of Britain’s leading UK economists and politicians in the field, reassess the crisis, the regulatory response and the wider implications. They contrast the turbulence of recent decades with the stability of the preceding century; they discuss the different factors leading to the crisis, including some hitherto largely ignored; and they show where the official response has been and continues to be flawed, badly timed and damaging.

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