The James Madison Charitable Trust was restructured in 2015-16 following a significant bequest to its funds. The trustees have agreed a modest but focused programme of support for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years. Included in this were a series of academic seminars in 2016 which looked at the relationship of the United Kingdom to the European Union in the lead-up to the Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership. These were in partnership with the University of Kent.


Also in partnership with the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent, the Trust supported an international residential conference at Canterbury in June 2017. Details of the conference are on this website together with a report from the organiser, Dr Adrian Pabst.


Our  past support from 2000 to 2015 included sponsoring research and teaching in areas which fell within our remit. We are continuing that with support for PhD students undertaking fieldwork involving travel to another country or countries. In cooperation with the Academic Association for Contemporary Studies (UACES), the Trust is supporting four students in 2017 and we hope that this programme can be continued in the future. The 2017 topics include “Evaluating the consequences of transnational party collaboration on European stateless nationalist and regionalist parties”; “The European Parliament’s role in community social policy, 1952-1979”; “ECOFIN (the Economic and Financial Affairs Council) and the post-crisis institutionalisation of European economic governance”; and “The limits of territorial autonomy: secession in liberal democratic states.”


The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) is examining the settlement between local, central and any forms of regional government by creating a “devolution network” involving selected local authorities. The main outputs will be four network events each around one broad theme – sovereignty; democracy and citizenship; leadership and governance; and finance. The first of these has been held and others will follow leading, it is expected, to the publication of a report in the autumn of this year. The Trust is delighted to be able to offer financial support to this project. That will be published on this site in due course.


Another interesting project which the Trust is supporting in part will be examining the issue of “Central Banks in Federal Systems” and further information about this is published here. We hope to publish more on this in the early autumn.

The Trust has also agreed to establish on a regular basis a John Pinder Memorial Lecture to mark the achievements of that remarkable man and to further the work of the trust. Details of this lecture will be published on this site in due course.


This news-briefing will be updated on a regular basis so please read it from time to time and if you have suggestions or comments we will be delighted to hear from you


Terry Bishop

Chair, James Madison Charitable Trust

July 2017