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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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.