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, through which its purposes are carried out either directly or via arrangements with others, are: 

Archives and other collections : maintaining McDougall's collections of historic archives, pamphlets, books and other materials on representative democracy including elections and electoral issues (including the Lakeman electoral studies library);


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


Encouraging, supporting, or providing:

research within the field of electoral democracy and the dissemination of its useful outcomes;

relevant online resources - papers and other media, including Workshop summaries and videos, including the Voting matters online resources on preferential voting systems;;

occasional research and information events such as workshops and seminars on topical issues;

occasional resourcing support such as grants towards projects in the fields of representative democracy and electoral studies.




McDougall's potential audiences, direct or indirect, include [not in any priority order, and not limited to] policy makers, legislators, election organisers, election monitors, researchers, political scientists, historians, teachers, academics, pollsters, students, reformers, campaigners, activists, journalists, commentators, leaders, members, selectors, candidates, all those in 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.  

Charity No. 212151   (Arthur McDougall Fund)

News ...

McDougall's occasional blog

By: McDougall Trust

Our key observations plus some questions arising from the UK EU Referendum and US Presidential election

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 research and information dissemination in the field of electoral democracy.

See activities supported by McDougall Trust grant making.