McDougall Trust

Promoting public understanding
of electoral democracy

Welcome to McDougall Trust


McDougall is the independent charitable trust that promotes public understanding of electoral democracy.

McDougall Trust exists to advance knowledge and understanding of, and research into, the forms, functions and development of electoral democracy.

McDougall has developed a longstanding focus on representative institutions, voting systems and elections, whether in government at local, regional, national and international level, or in institutions - including political parties, companies, trade unions, community groups, and voluntary organisations of all kinds.

McDougall’s main activities

Research:  encouraging and supporting research into electoral democracy 


Quarterly Journal:  publishing McDougall Trust's unattributed peer-reviewed journal Representation  -   Journal of Representative Democracy (in association with Taylor & Francis)

Other Publications:  publishing papers and other media including Workshop summaries and videos;  the Voting matters online resources on preferential voting systems;  and McDougall's occasional blog

Library/Archives:  providing the unique resources of McDougall Trust's Lakeman Library for Electoral Studies

Events: promoting, supporting or providing occasional workshops, seminars and other events on topical electoral democracy issues


McDougall seeks to reach
a wide range of audiences, including policy makers, legislators, election organisers, reformers, campaigners, researchers, academics, pollsters, historians, journalists, commentators, members of institutions and associations that aspire to democracy or use election processes, and anyone interested in how democratic societies are - or could be - governed. 


McDougall Trust    Promoting public understanding of electoral democracy   

Registered Charity No. 212151
(Arthur McDougall Fund) 


News ...

30 Dec 2017

The Independent Commission on Referendums:  who, what, why and how

With Speakers from the Commission

Forthcoming Workshops and other Events

30 Jul 2017

McDougall Trust's Review of the Electoral Climate in 2016-17

McDougall's occasional blog

15 Dec 2016

Friday 9 December 2016 McDougall Workshop video now on YouTube. Speakers Areeq Chowdhury Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy and Jason Kitcat Head of Public Affairs at Crunch debate the pros and cons of electronic voting.

17 Nov 2016

Wednesday 9 November 2016 McDougall Workshop video now on YouTube. Speaker Nat le Roux Strategy Director of the Constitution Society

McDougall's occasional blog

By: Ron Johnston

Book Review by Ron Johnston: Paul Whiteley, Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders and Marianne C. Stewart, Affluence, Austerity and Electoral Change in Britain

Journal of Representative Democracy

McDougall Trust's quarterly journal
published in association with Taylor & Francis


Support for Research and Information Dissemination, including grant making

McDougall Trust encourages and supports research and information dissemination in the field of electoral democracy.

See activities supported by McDougall Trust grant making.