Articles on topics including House of Commons scrutiny of public appointments, the significance and influence of informal space in legislatures, and gender and media attention in the 2015 UK general election. This special edition issue also contains a collection of articles on the theme of ‘disunity in Parliament’.
- Improving Parliamentary Scrutiny of Public Appointments
Robert J D Hazell
- Power behind the Scenes: The Importance of Informal Space in Legislatures
Philip Norton (editors’ choice)
- Participatory Adaptation in Contemporary Parliamentary Committees in Australia
Carolyn M Hendriks, Sue Regan, Adrian Kay
- Candidate Gender and the Media Attention in the 2015 UK General Election
Justin Murphy, Beata Rek
- Mobilising the ‘People’s Army’ at the Grassroots: Examining Support for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in English Local Elections
Michael Thrasher, Matthew J Goodwin, Colin Rallings, Galina Borisyuk
- Parliamentary Scrutiny of Aid Spending: The Case of the Global Challenges Research Fund
Ambreena Manji, Peter Mandler
- Conservative Feminists? An Exploration of Feminist Arguments in Parliamentary Debates of the Bundestag1
Special edition: disunity in Parliament
Guest editors: Caroline Close and Sergiu Gherghina
- Introduction: Towards a Better Understanding of Parliamentary Unity
Caroline Close, Sergiu Gherghina
- Prompting Legislative Agreement and Loyalty: What Role for Intra-Party Democracy?
Caroline Close, Sergiu Gherghina, Vivien Sierens
- Two Faces of Party Unity: Roll-Call Behavior and Vote Explanations in the German Bundestag
Thomas Zittel, Dominic Nyhuis
- Are Backbenchers Fighting Back? Intra-Party Contestation in German Parliament Debates on the Greek Crisis
Caroline Bhattacharya, Achillefs Papageorgiou
- What Happens after Assignments? The Room for Manoeuvre of Committee Members in the Bundestag and the Tweede Kamer
Tim A Mickler
- Intra-Party Group Unity in the European Parliament Prior to its First Direct Elections in 1979
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