This special issue of Parliamentary Affairs brings together comparative research across European legislatures to see how much influence MPs’ day-to-day legislative and scrutiny work has on voters when they head to the polls. This issue also includes then-Commons Speaker John Bercow’s 2016 Bernard Crick Lecture, ‘Designing for Democracy’.
- Brexit or Corbyn? Campaign and Inter-Election Vote Switching in the 2017 UK General Election
Jonathan Mellon, Geoffrey Evans, Edward Fieldhouse, Jane Green, Christopher Prosser
- Democratic Legitimacy or Regional Representation: Support for Upper Chamber Reform in Scotland and Quebec
Mike Medeiros, Damien Bol, Richard Nadeau
- Answering the West Lothian Question? A Critical Assessment of ‘English Votes for English Laws’ in the UK Parliament
Daniel Gover, Michael Kenny
- UK Political Parties’ Youth Factions: A Glance at the Future of Political Parties
- Political Roots of Religious Exclusion in Turkey
Türkay Salim Nefes
- Seeking Evidence for a Welsh Progressive Consensus: Party Positioning in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales Election
Matthew Wall, Sophie Williams
- ‘Designing for Democracy’: The 2016 Sir Bernard Crick Lecture, University of Sheffield Given by the Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons on Thursday 27 October 2016
Special collection: Parliamentary work, re-selection and re-Election
Guest editors: Federico Russo and Zsofia Papp
- Parliamentary Work, Re-Selection and Re-Election: In Search of the Accountability Link
Zsófia Papp, Federico Russo
- Productivity and Reselection in a Party-based Environment: Evidence from the Portuguese Case
Enrico Borghetto, Marco Lisi
- Not All Roads Lead to Rome: The Conditional Effect of Legislative Activity on Reselection Prospects in Italy
Francesco Marangoni, Federico Russo
- Do Personalised Campaigns Hint at Legislator Activities? The (Lacking) Relationship Between Campaigns and Legislator Behaviour in Hungary
- Parliamentary Activity, Re-Selection and the Personal Vote. Evidence from Flexible-List Systems
Thomas Däubler, Love Christensen, Lukáš Linek
- The Electoral Value of Constituency-Oriented Parliamentary Questions in Hungary and Romania
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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.
Jersey’s States Assembly was the first legislature in the Commonwealth to hold a full virtual meeting, with all members able to participate, in order to get around the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 crisis. Mark Egan, Greffier of the States, describes how this was achieved and suggests that some of the States Assembly’s Covid-19 innovations may stick.
The unprecedentedly long delay in appointing the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) again exposes the extent to which the work of this parliamentary committee is constrained by the executive. Important ISC inquiries, as well as publication of the Committee’s ‘Russia report’, are being held up.