The government is in the process of making crucial decisions that will affect the UK’s political, economic and cultural position in the world. If ever there was a time for effective scrutiny and opposition, it’s now. But, with the end of the clear two-party system, we are left with a much more disparate, fluid and changeable array of actors to evaluate policy making.
In our new report Checks and Balances: Who’s holding the government to account? the WA team has examined a number of groups, from the media, to the public, to business groups, unions and intra-party factions. We have gauged how far this democratisation of scrutiny has gone; who (if anyone) now holds the government to account, and whether we are likely to see a return to more traditional structures of opposition in the future.