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 (editors’ choice)
Richard Rose, Bernhard Wessels
- ‘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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The Hansard Society hosted two online hustings for the candidates in the 2021 Lord Speaker election. The first event, on 25 March, was chaired by the BBC’s parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy; and the second, on 13 April, was chaired by Jackie Ashley, former political correspondent and broadcaster.
The Strategic Review of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal programme has been published, after 10 months’ work – but political factors mean that implementation of the programme’s main conclusion, that there will be a ‘full decant’ from the building while work takes place, remains in doubt.
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The Finance Bill enacts the government’s Budget provisions – its income-raising proposals and detailed tax changes. Parliament’s scrutiny and authorisation of these taxation plans are crucial in holding the government to account – between elections – for the money it raises and spends.
Lord Frost’s appointment as Minister of State in the Cabinet Office to lead on UK-EU relations brings some welcome clarity about future government arrangements in this area. However, it also raises challenges for parliamentary scrutiny, above all with respect to his status as a Member of the House of Lords.
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