Following a significant bequest, the James Madison Charitable Trust was re-launched in 2015 following reorganisation of its administration. The trust welcomed new trustees from the universities of Kent (Dr Adrian Pabst), Loughborough (Professor Helen Drake) and Sheffield (Professor Tamara Hervey). Subsequently another new trustee (Professor Robert Taylor) was appointed to further strengthen the membership.

Following a series of academic seminars in 2016, the trust sponsored a residential conference at the University of Kent in June 2017. This was organised by the Director of the Centre for Federal Studies at Kent, Dr Adrian Pabst, and full details of the sessions and participants are on this website. In October 2017, the trustees agreed to plan another conference in 2018 and details will be posted on this website in due course. If you wish to flag an interest in the conference, please contact the trust at:

The trust’s history includes sponsoring research and teaching in areas within its remit. Through the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) we are supporting fieldwork undertaken by PhD students involving travel to another country or countries. The topics we have supported in 2017 included 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; The limits of territorial autonomy: secession in liberal democratic states.

The trust is also supporting the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) which is examining the settlement between local, central and any forms of regional government by creating a “devolution network” involving selected local authorities. There have been four events each around one broad theme – sovereignty; democracy and citizenship; leadership and governance; and finance. These have been held and we are expecting to publish the outcomes on this website. The trust was delighted to support this important project.

Another study we are backing concerns Central Banks in Federal Systems and in due course we will publish the final paper.

In 2018 the trust will be supporting a project at the University of Strathclyde entitled External Relations and Federalism in the post-Brexit EU. The objective is to investigate federalism and the future of the European Union’s external relations. It will be a two-day workshop held at the university on 24 and 25 May 2018. The outputs will include a policy brief composed by the Project Leader and an edited collection of contributions from the workshop to be published early in 2019. Further information will be found on the university’s website.

In 2018 we also hope to hold the first John Pinder Memorial Lecture to commemorate this remarkable man and details will be posted on this site.

Finally, on a lighter note, the hottest ticket on Broadway (and coming soon to London) is the musical Hamilton about Alexander, the founder of the Federalist Party and the author of 51 of the 85 parts of The Federalist Papers. Maybe we should be thinking about asking for a benefit night?

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



Terry Bishop

Chair, James Madison Charitable Trust

November 2017