Politics of Alderney

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Politics of Alderney takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic British Crown dependency, whereby the President of the States of Alderney is the head of government. Alderney is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey but is largely self-governing.[1]


Before the 1949 reforms, Alderney's legislature had no political affiliation as all positions in the States of Alderney were appointed. It consisted of the Governor of Alderney, until the holder in 1825 sold it back to the Crown and no further appointments were made, the Judge of Alderney, six Jurats, Alderney's court officers, a Douzainier-Delegate and four Douzainiers appointed by the Alderney ratepayers.[2] In 1923, the first democratically elected members were created with three People's Deputies being added to the States of Alderney.[3]

In 1949, a new constitution for Alderney was instituted with Alderney becoming part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The States of Alderney's membership was changed because of the law. The States of Alderney now was made up of the President of the States of Alderney and nine elected members.[4] Two members of the States of Alderney are also selected to represent Alderney in the States of Guernsey.[5]

There are no political parties in Alderney mirroring a similar situation in fellow Channel Islands, Jersey and Guernsey where all people standing for election are non-affiliated.[6] In 2005, the President Sir Norman Browse made a call for members not to become affiliated with "pressure groups and single issue causes".[6]


  1. ^ "Alderney States". BBC. 2004-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Their governments". Members.societe-jersiaise.org. 2001-12-19. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Reform (Guernsey) Law, 1948". Guernsey Legal Resources. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  4. ^ "How does the 1948 agreement join Guernsey and Alderney?". BBC News. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Barrister takes reins in Alderney". BBC News. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  6. ^ a b "President defiant on independence". BBC News. 2005-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-15.