Articles on topics including political trust and behaviour, the different campaign strategies deployed during the 2017 UK general election, diversity among UK Conservative Brexiteers in the UK Parliament, and constitutional conventions in Westminster democracies.
- Money, Sex and Broken Promises: Politicians’ Bad Behaviour Reduces Trust
Richard Rose, Bernhard Wessels [Editors’ choice]
- ‘For the Many, Not the Few’: Strategising the Campaign Trail at the 2017 UK General Election
- Did They Write Back? A Mandate Divide in Response to Constituent Casework in Devolved Bodies
Alex Parsons, Rebecca Rumbul
- Visible, Elected, but Effectively Nominal: Visibility as a Barrier Maintaining the Political Underrepresentation of Britain’s Immigrant Origin Communities
- Effects of the Mixed Parallel Electoral System in Lithuania: The Worst of All Worlds?
- ‘Less Stale, Only Slightly Less Male, but Overwhelmingly Less Pale’: the 2015 New Conservative Brexiters in the House of Commons
- Political Staff and the Gendered Division of Political Labour in Canada
Feodor Snagovsky, Matthew Kerby
- Electoral Rules and Legislators’ Productivity
- The Dynamics of Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Democracies
Nicholas Barry, Narelle Miragliotta, Zim Nwokora
- Fashioning Parliament: The Politics of Dress in Myanmar’s Postcolonial Legislatures
- How Formal Parliamentary Negotiation Affects Policy-Making: Evidence from Taiwan
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