To mark 20 years since the signing of the Belfast Agreement, this special issue of Parliamentary Affairs explores a range of critical topics surrounding the event, including the sustainability of peace, why politicians should question the utility of one-sided assetions of the past, and the impact of the Agreement on women’s rights.
- Are Discretionary Referendums on EU Integration Becoming ‘Politically Obligatory’? The Cases of France and the UK
Aude Bicquelet, Helen Addison
- Participation in Local Elections: ‘Why Don’t Immigrants Vote More?’
- The Conservative Party Leadership Election of 2016: An Analysis of the Voting Motivations of Conservative Parliamentarians (editors’ choice)
David Jeffery, Tim Heppell, Richard Hayton, Andrew Crines
- Committee Hearings of the UK Parliament: Who gives Evidence and does this Matter?
- The Politics of Welshness: A Response to Bradbury and Andrews
- The Development of the Treasury Select Committee 1995–2015
Saskia Maureen Rombach
- Advice Giving and Party Loyalty: an Informational Model for the Socialisation Process of New British MPs
- Votes At 16: New Insights from Scotland on Enfranchisement
Special collection: Twenty years after the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement
Guest editor: Peter Shirlow
- Twenty Years after the Belfast Agreement
- Between Conflict and Peace: An Analysis of the Complex Consequences of the Good Friday Agreement
- Truth Friction in Northern Ireland: Caught between Apologia and Humiliation
- Contested Space, Peacebuilding and the Post-conflict City
- One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back: Women’s Rights 20 Years after the Good Friday Agreement
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