McDougall Trust

Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy

Welcome to McDougall Trust

McDougall is an independent charity which promotes public understanding of electoral democracy. Its special interest is in elections and electoral systems – whether in government at local, national and international level or in voluntary organisations, political parties, companies and trade unions.

McDougall’s work includes:

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19 Aug 2016
McDougall Trust invites expressions of interest from individuals or teams wishing to take over the editorship of Representation from 1 January 2017.
25 Jul 2016

Why do people join political parties today, and what do they do for them?

16 May 2016
Have the Polls Learnt Their Lesson? The Polling Miss in 2015 - and Beyond, Professor John Curtice
9 May 2016
Special Issue of Representation on the Devolution Project in Greater Manchester now available. Read the introduction here.

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Research Grants

McDougall Trust makes a number of small grants each year to organisations or individuals for purposes that further the Trust’s charitable objects.