About Hansard Society

The Hansard Society is the UK’s leading source of independent research and advice on Parliament and parliamentary affairs.

A research and education Society dedicated to expounding the principles, practices and challenges of parliamentary democracy, the Hansard Society is widely recognised as the Westminster Parliament’s ‘critical friend’. It is an authoritative and rigorous source of non-partisan analysis, constructive criticism, and proposals for bold but practical reforms for Parliament. The Society’s work supports the improvement of knowledge about Parliament and the development of reforms needed to shape our democratic institutions for the 21st century.

Our work

In addition to producing evidence-based ideas for the reform of Parliament, we publish Parliamentary Affairs, one of the leading international political science journals dedicated to the study of representative democracy. Convening debate on topical political issues, we provide a non-partisan forum for the exchange of ideas about our democratic future, and we promote the improvement of knowledge and understanding of Parliament through a range of training programmes and services. And, since 1986, our international Scholars programme has been educating young people from around the world to serve as future leaders in civic and political life.

Our governance

A registered charity, the Society is a membership organisation which is governed by an independent Board of Trustees including representatives from across the political spectrum. Underpinning our commitment to non-partisanship, the Speakers of the two Houses – currently the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Rt Hon the Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker – serve as honorary Co-Presidents of the Society.

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