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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Should the Liaison Committee have as its chair someone who is not simultaneously a select committee chair, and should the identity of that person be determined by the government? The answer to these questions will tell us much about how this cohort of MPs, particularly government backbenchers, view the relationship between Parliament and the executive.
The Coronavirus crisis is spotlighting the importance of the House of Commons Chamber in our democratic life. 7-8 May marks 80 years since the Norway Debate, the event which demonstrated this most famously. Over two days of debate, MPs’ performances in the Chamber and a decision to force a division had historic consequences.
The extensive take-up of remote evidence-taking by House of Commons select committees during the Easter recess is a significant Coronavirus-induced change of practice. It shows how procedural and technological change can help support scrutiny.
Several parliamentary committees scrutinise delegated powers and delegated legislation. But what is the aim of this scrutiny, what standards are applied, and what are the value and limits of Parliament’s role in this aspect of the legislative process?
There will be gaps in a new House of Commons’ scrutiny of the government and engagement with the public until the events required at the start of a Parliament have taken place and all the necessary institutions and processes have been re-established. The length of time taken over procedures at the start of a Parliament therefore matters.
There have been many calls for Parliament to become ‘virtual’ during the Coronavirus pandemic, using remote working to ensure proper scrutiny of government during the crisis. But how should a ‘virtual’ Parliament operate?