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Ruth Fox

Director, Hansard Society Parliament and Government programme

Ruth is responsible for conducting and directing research into parliamentary scrutiny, legislative processes, representative democracy and constitutional reform.

Before joining the Society, Ruth worked for seven years for Bill Rammell MP focusing on strategic communications, research and community relations. She also acted as a political adviser and speechwriter during his time as a Foreign Office and Higher Education Minister and managed his 2001 and 2005 General Election campaigns. In 2004 she took a leave of absence to work for Senator John Kerry's Democratic Presidential campaign in Florida. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Leeds for her doctoral research on the electoral strategy and philosophy of the modern Liberal Party, 1970-1983.

Tuned In or Turned Off? Public Attitudes to PMQs

In principle, the public recognise that PMQs is an important part of the democratic process because of the opportunity to hold the government to account. But PMQs in practice alienates, angers and frustrates...
11/02/2014 08:09 GMT

Measured or Makeshift? Parliamentary Scrutiny of the European Union

The European Union is a hot political topic and there are plenty of politicians willing to debate whether the UK should be 'in' or 'out', the future of the eurozone, or the repatriation of powers. Yet, although our membership of the EU affects almost every aspect of national life, not enough of them take a proactive interest in the issues beyond populist headlines...
09/10/2013 12:56 BST

Is Voting Going Out of Fashion?

It is often said that voter turnout is highly dependent on a closely fought election at which a lot is at stake. A global economic crisis, declining living standards, and an unpopular coalition government surely provide the essential ingredients for a high participation general election in 2015? But the latest results from the Hansard Society's 10th Audit of Political Engagement suggest the contrary.
15/05/2013 08:46 BST

Europe: Adding a Democratic Crisis to an Economic One?

Britain may have wielded its first ever veto in defence of the financial institutions in the City of London last week but an even bigger national, indeed universal interest, was also at stake: the very concept of parliamentary democracy itself.
15/12/2011 00:26 GMT