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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MPs should take the opportunity to show the government and their constituents that they want to have more say on free trade agreements than they did when the UK was inside the EU.
In order to incur expenditure the government needs to obtain approval from Parliament for its departmental spending plans. The annual Estimates process is the means by which the House of Commons controls the government’s plans for the spending of money raised through taxation.
Articles on themes including the development of Sweden’s now 100-year-old parliamentary democracy, strategic voting among Lib Dem supporters in the 2015 general election, policy areas associated with personal attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions, UK intergovernmental relations and spending after the Conservative-DUP ‘confidence and supply’ deal, and more.
In Ireland, the Covid-19 crisis collided with a ‘change election’, the formation of a historic coalition government and the ‘end of Civil War politics’. But the pandemic sucked much of the oxygen out of a heightened political atmosphere, and also occasioned the physical relocation of Parliament, challenging the institution’s operation and culture.
Submitting evidence before the House was to take further decisions on its Coronavirus arrangements, we decried the Leader of the House’s decision to end hybrid proceedings and remote voting as "over-hasty, poorly thought-through, unwise and unnecessary". Our recommendations covered House business, risk management, delegated legislation and select committees.
The new review of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project opens up a range of different outcomes for the future of the building. However, with the alarming state of the Palace not changed by the Coronavirus, the government should not use the pandemic as an excuse to downgrade or delay the much-needed repairs.