Democratic Audit is an independent research unit based at the Public Policy Group in the LSE’s Government Department. Its core objective is to advance democracy and freedom, and to undertake and promote research into their quality, durability and effectiveness in a UK context.
It is grant funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to conduct research into the quality of democracy in the UK. It also monitors democracy and freedom in Britain through a major daily blog, a series of democracy assessments, reports and commissions, and through evidence to Parliament and official bodies.
Democratic Audit was originally set up in 1991 by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust through two partners – Charter88 and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Until the early 2000s, the Audit was based at the Human Rights Centre, at the University of Essex, but scholars and experts from all over Britain and the world have long worked with us on its projects and reports.