To What Extent Have Constitutional Reforms Since 1997 Made the Uk More Democratic?

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To what extent have constitutional reforms introduced since 1997 made the UK more democratic?

Constitutional reform is a process whereby the fundamental nature of the system of government is changed or where a change is proposed. In the UK this may also involve the process of codification. Since 1997 there has been many key reforms that have made UK more democratic by a large amount and sometimes not so much if at all.

Firstly the House of Lords reform where the voting rights of most hereditary peers was abolished. This makes the UK less undemocratic rather then more democratic. This is due to the fact that the House of Lords as a whole is an unelected chamber and therefore undemocratic, however by removing the voting rights of some
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The reforms of Devolution where power was transferred from Westminster to different elected bodies around the country. This makes the UK more democratic as power is no longer centralised and areas such as parts of Scotland, Wales and Ireland will not be neglected. However England itself does not have its own assembly and the fact that we cannot vote on certain things in areas of the UK, but everyone can vote in policies in England could be seen to be undemocratic. Overall this reform however has made the UK more democratic as it means areas will not be forgotten about and countries and areas within the UK can get specific things that that area may want or need more then others.

The Human rights act in 1998 where the UK included the European convention of Human Rights into British Law. This reform could be seen to be very undemocratic as it means we have taken up laws that are not are own and a power that we have not elected has technically come up with certain laws within Britain. However it also means that it gives everyone the same rights and more freedoms meaning that in turn we as a country should become more democratic.I think this does make us more democratic as it does prevent our government abusing its power and mistreating citizens and prevent the possibility of an “elected dictatorship” As a higher power can step in.

Overall I think reforms since 1997 have made the UK slightly more democratic but not to a huge extent.
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