Talking Constitutions podcast

The Talking Constitutions podcasts explore the constitutional arrangements that frame the day-to-day affairs of politics and that affect our lives. For more on the project, see here. 

All episodes are available here on Podbean or can be accessed on Apple Podcasts. Details of each episode below: 

Episode 1: Constitutional Thinking

The subject of this first episode is ‘Constitutional thinking’, establishing what we mean by ‘Constitution’ and ‘Constitutional’, and considering how the nature of the United Kingdom constitution differs from that of other countries and affects broad issues of democracy.

Episode 2: Constitutions and emergencies

The subject of this topical episode is ‘Constitutions and emergencies’, considering how constitutions affect responses to emergencies and how emergencies lead to constitutional change. 

Episode 3: Second chambers and the House of Lords

This episode considers the role – ideal and actual – of second chambers, and in particular the House of Lords, within constitutional arrangements. 

Episode 4: Courts and Constitutions

The subject of this episode is ‘Courts and Constitutions’, considering the roles – past, present, and potential – of courts and the judiciary within constitutional arrangements in the UK and beyond. 

Episode 5: Trade

The subject of this episode is ‘Trade’, and in particular the constitutional issues involved in the ongoing trade-negotiations between Britain and the European Union.