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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