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 are:

McDougall seeks to reach a wide range of audiences, including policy makers, legislators, election organisers, reformers, campaigners, researchers, academics, pollsters, historians, journalists, commentators, members of 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 

Registered Charity No. 212151

(Arthur McDougall Fund)



Latest News ...

15 Dec 2016

Video of 9th December 2016 McDougall workshop now on YouTube. Areeq Chowdhury, Chief Executive of WebRoots Democracy and Jason Kitcat, Head of Public Affairs at Crunch debate the pros and cons of electronic voting


17 Nov 2016

Workshop held Wednesday 9 November 2016  Is there a tension between Parliamentary Democracy and ReferendumsSpeaker:  Nat le Roux, Strategy Director of the Constitution Society

9 Nov 2016
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McDougall Trust encourages and supports research and information dissemination in the field of electoral democracy.

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