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 end of the transition period is likely to expose even more fully the scope of the policy-making that the government can carry out via Statutory Instruments, as it uses its new powers to develop post-Brexit law. However, there are few signs yet of a wish to reform delegated legislation scrutiny, on the part of government or the necessary coalition of MPs.
Parliament’s role around the end of the Brexit transition and conclusion of the EU future relationship treaty is a constitutional failure to properly scrutinise the executive and the law. As the UK moves to do things differently after 1 January, MPs must do more to ensure they can better discharge their responsibilities regarding the making of UK treaties.
The EU (Future Relationship) Bill is to be considered by both Houses in just one sitting day. How unusual is such an expedited timetable and how much time will parliamentarians really have to look at the Bill? How will MPs participate in proceedings given Covid-19 restrictions? And how will proceedings, particularly the amendment process, work on the day?
The Coronavirus pandemic has added to the questions surrounding the nature of the Parliament that should emerge from the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal programme. But, with concerns over the programme’s governance and public engagement rising, the report arising from the current review of the programme will not now be published this year.
The debate about remote participation in House of Commons proceedings raises critical questions about what constitutes a ‘good parliamentarian’, what ‘fair’ participation looks like, and who gets to decide. As things stand, the exclusion from much parliamentary business of pregnant women, among others, undermines equality of political representation.
Disputed parliamentary election results – often taking months to resolve – were a frequent feature of English political culture before the reforms of the 19th century. But how could defeated candidates protest the result of an election, and how were such disputes resolved?