Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy
McDougall Trust encourages and supports research into aspects of electoral democracy, with a longstanding focus on representative institutions, voting systems and elections.
Information about McDougall Trust's research arrangements for 2017 is expected to be announced soon.
Topics for research and information dissemination activities supported by McDougall Trust grant funding in recent years have included:
McDougall has funded a prize offered annually for the best postgraduate thesis at a UK university in the sphere of elections, electoral systems and representation. The prize is awarded by the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties group of the Political Studies Association. For recent prize-winning research, please see the Research Supported page.
McDougall itself occasionally commissions research for publication on contemporary issues which are the subject of public policy debates. An example is the report commissioned when the government introduced a Bill providing for the introduction of individual electoral registration in Great Britain. Comments on the Proposed System of Individual Electoral Registration in Great Britain (2012) by Patrick Bradley, formerly Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, can be downloaded via the Publications/Papers page.
For further information about research and information dissemination activites supported by McDougall Trust grant funding please see the Research Supported page.
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