Matrix Of Power

A documentary series mapping Britain's emerging constitutional landscape and examining how we will be governed in the years ahead.


010110 Downing Street19980903

c>Michael White, political editor of the Guardian, goes inside the powerhouse to find out how the country is run at the political centre.


Sheena Mcdonald asks if Westminster can ever enjoy peaceful coexistence with a Scottish parliament.

0103The Treasury19980917

Matthew d'Ancona asks if the Treasury is becoming the central engine of public policy.


Dennis Sewell assesses competing proposals for the reform of Parliament's second chamber.


Anne Perkins visits York and the North East to find out if anything can be done to quicken people's interest in moribund local democracy.


There is growing concern that the Government's traditional collective responsibility is being undermined by new power centres in Downing Street.

Donald Macintyre asks if the cabinet has a constitutional future.

0107The European Union19981015

Vivian White travels to Brussels to reveal the European part of the British constitution, and discovers how many key decisions that affect all our daily lives are already beyond the powers of domestic politicians.


In a seven-part series, Anne Perkins examines the power and influence of the House of Commons in the light of contemporary political trends.

Devolution, globalisation, Europe and the media - how is the Commons shaping up to its task of law-making and scrutinising the executive?


This week, Jonathan Freedland goes to the heart of the Labour Party.

He talks to key Labour modernisers and asks whether New Labour can maintain its appeal as it is increasingly confronted with the unpredictable events of government.

0203The Big Tent19990923

Since the general election, talented men and women from all political backgrounds and none have been called to play a part in public life.

Is this inclusiveness a sign of profound change in the political culture or simply a way of marginalising the Tories? Dennis Sewell reports.

0204The Super Ministry19990930

John Prescott's mega-ministry of the environment, transport and regions is the most wide-ranging government department.

Has the bringing together of these previously separate domains led to a coherent strategy or a monster too unwieldy for any secretary of state to manage - even the deputy prime minister? And how does his empire relate to the political centre at No 10? Dinah Lammiman reports.

0205The Foreign Office19991007

Guardian political editor Michael White looks at how the Government acts on the world stage and pursues our interests abroad.

How successful have we been in rebranding Britain to promote a different image to potential investors, and has the pledge to keep in mind an ethical dimension in foreign policy stood the test the real world?


The Home Offic - Britain's oldest and largest department of state controls - has a unique array of responsibilities, from policing, security and immigration to human rights and open government.

Geoffrey Robertson considers how far this traditional concentration of power is unravelling in a new culture of human rights.