To mark the 2017 French parliamentary and presidential election, this special issue of Parliamentary Affairs looks at the realignment of French politics and revival of the presidency, the demise of the Left, and how policy choices for the Front National influenced its electoral success.
- Rethinking the Franchise Party: Adding the Ideological Dimension—The Irish Case
Sean D McGraw
- Representing Diversity in Mixed Electoral Systems: The Case of New Zealand
Fiona Barker, Hilde Coffé
- Amateurs versus Professionals: Explaining the Political (in)Experience of Canadian Members of Parliament
James T Pow
- Digital Media, Ground Wars and Party Organisation: Does Stratarchy Explain How Parties Organise Election Campaigns?
- Parliamentarisation as a Two-Way Process: Explaining Prior Parliamentary Consultation for Military Interventions (editors’ choice)
Daan Fonck, Yf Reykers
- Do Party Lists Matter? Political Party Strategies in Legislative Candidate Nominations
Yüksel Alper Ecevit, Gülnur Kocapınar
Special collection: the 2017 French presidential and parliamentary elections
Guest editor: Raymond Kuhn
- French Revolution? The 2017 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections
- Crowning Jupiter: The 2017 French Electoral Series in Perspective
- Left and Centre-Left in France—Endgame or Renewal?
- Electoral Performance and Policy Choices in the Front National
- Structure Versus Accident in the Defeat of France’s Mainstream Right, April–June 2017
Enjoy reading this? Please consider sharing it
The recent rearrangement of responsibilities for the government’s handling of EU-related affairs raises questions about future parliamentary scrutiny of these issues. In some respects pre-2016 institutional arrangements are restored, but the post-Brexit landscape presents new scrutiny challenges which thus far MPs have not confronted.
What information and evidence does Parliament need to enable it to oversee government law-making? Is Parliament currently provided with sufficient information and, if not, how can this be improved?
A recent House of Lords debate on a ‘made negative’ Statutory Instrument highlights Peers’ greater appetite and ability to secure such debates compared to MPs. Data on debate lengths suggests parliamentarians are more likely to give more meaningful scrutiny to SIs they wish to debate than those on which they are obliged to spend time by current procedures.
What Covid Regulations will the House of Commons debate on 14 December, and how? Amid backbench unrest, the occasion will be shaped by the interplay between delegated legislation scrutiny, parliamentary procedures, and raw politics. The outcome could have profound consequences for both public health policy and the Prime Minister’s position.
Statutory Instruments (SIs) have been a key tool in the government’s response to shortages of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers. These SIs showcase the usefulness of this type of law-making but also highlight again some of the longstanding problems with its parliamentary scrutiny.
Delegated legislation may not be glamorous but it is essential to how our democracy works. Time to treat it accordingly.