Explain how Departmental Select Committees act as a check upon the government

Departmental select committees were established in 1979 by Thatcher to look at the work of each government department (Defence, Foreign Affairs, Health, Education etc). If a new development is created a committee will follow, such as the Department of Constitutional Affairs. The role of Departmental Select Committees is to act as a check on the […]

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Explain how the DUP has changed its policies

The difference between the DUP of the late 1990s/early 2000s and today is remarkable. From being a party of protest, it has been one of power over the last decade. Having threatened to ‘smash Sinn Fein’, it now shares power with that party. Having overtaken its internal bloc rival, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) by […]

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William Hague’s Reforms of the Conservative Party

William Hague introduced “The Fresh Future” plan on the 16th of February 1998 in an effort to revitalise his own, and his parties, public image. The plan mirrored that of the Conservative party conference earlier that year. With the Tories losing popularity in the polls and with the public, the plan was a set of […]

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Why has it proved so difficult to reform campaign finance?

As the old saying goes, ‘Money like water, will always find an outlet’, can be applied to the process of Presidential campaign financing. Many efforts have been made to reform the campaign financing system since 1860, and before the Federal Election Campaign Act was introduced, concerns for the system were increasing, over the amount of […]

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