Articles on topics including divisions within the Parliamentary Conservative Party following the Brexit referendum, a new analysis of representatation and majoritarianism in the UK House of Commons, Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster, and the affect of parenthood and gender on political leadership.
- Policy, Office and Votes: Conservative MPs and the Brexit Referendum
- Incitement to Hatred and Countering Terrorism: Policy Confusion in the UK and Australia
- Majoritarianism Reinterpreted: Effective Representation and the Quality of Westminster Democracy
- Representing the Region on the Floor: Socioeconomic Characteristics of Electoral Districts and Legislative Speechmaking
Hanna Bäck, Marc Debus
- Digital Communication and Representational Interactivity: an Analysis of www.WriteToThem.com in Scotland
- Parliament and the Representation of Indigenous Issues: The Canadian Case
Michael D Morden
- The Politics of Parliamentary Restoration and Renewal: Decisions, Discretion, Democracy
Matthew Flinders, Leanne-Marie Cotter, Alix Kelso, Alex Meakin
- The Politics of Symbols: Reflections on the French Government’s Framing of the 2015 Terrorist Attacks
Florence Faucher, Laurie Boussaguet
- Politics and Parenthood: An Examination of UK Party Leadership Elections (editors’ choice)
Jessica C Smith
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The end of the transition period is likely to expose even more fully the scope of the policy-making that the government can carry out via Statutory Instruments, as it uses its new powers to develop post-Brexit law. However, there are few signs yet of a wish to reform delegated legislation scrutiny, on the part of government or the necessary coalition of MPs.
Parliament’s role around the end of the Brexit transition and conclusion of the EU future relationship treaty is a constitutional failure to properly scrutinise the executive and the law. As the UK moves to do things differently after 1 January, MPs must do more to ensure they can better discharge their responsibilities regarding the making of UK treaties.
The EU (Future Relationship) Bill is to be considered by both Houses in just one sitting day. How unusual is such an expedited timetable and how much time will parliamentarians really have to look at the Bill? How will MPs participate in proceedings given Covid-19 restrictions? And how will proceedings, particularly the amendment process, work on the day?
The debate about remote participation in House of Commons proceedings raises critical questions about what constitutes a ‘good parliamentarian’, what ‘fair’ participation looks like, and who gets to decide. As things stand, the exclusion from much parliamentary business of pregnant women, among others, undermines equality of political representation.
The Coronavirus pandemic has added to the questions surrounding the nature of the Parliament that should emerge from the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal programme. But, with concerns over the programme’s governance and public engagement rising, the report arising from the current review of the programme will not now be published this year.
Disputed parliamentary election results – often taking months to resolve – were a frequent feature of English political culture before the reforms of the 19th century. But how could defeated candidates protest the result of an election, and how were such disputes resolved?