Articles in this latest edition cover topics as diverse as political finance regulation, devolution, young people and the EU referendum, candidate campaigning in general elections, the policisation of abortion and the electoral success of women candidates, as well as reflections on the Turkish, Australian, Irish and EU Parliaments.
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- EDITOR’S CHOICE: ☆ ‘Taking Back Control’, the UK’s Constitutional Narrative and Schrodinger’s Devolution ☆ – Mark Sandford and Cathy Gormley-Heenan
- The Impact of Political Finance Regulation on Party Organisation – Anika Gauja, Stephen Mills, Narelle Miragliotta, Joo-Cheong Tham, Zim Nwokora, Malcolm Anderson
- Electoral Accountability, Responsibility Attributions, and the Democratic Deficit in Devolved Wales – Einion Dafydd and Sanja Badanjak
- Resources, Values, Identity: Young Cosmopolitans and the Referendum on British Membership of the European Union – Rakib Ehsan and James Sloam
- Elite-Citizen Linkages and Issue Congruency under Competitive Authoritarianism – Marwa Shalaby and Abdullah Aydogan
- Minority Party Government and Independent MPs: A Comparative Analysis of Australia and Ireland – Glenn Kefford and Liam Weeks
- Conceived in Harlesden: Candidate-Centred Campaigning in British General Elections – Caitlin Milazzo and Joshua Townsley
- Understanding Legislative Speech in the Turkish Parliament: Reconsidering the Electoral Connection under Proportional Representation – Alper T Bulut and Emel İlter
- Competing Principals and Non-Vote Decisions in the European Parliament – Nuria Font
- Falling on Deaf Ears? Exploring the Effects of Newspaper Coverage of the European Parliament on Public Support for it – Olga Eisele
- The Politicisation of Abortion, Voters’ Stereotypes and the Electoral Success of Women Candidates – Agnes Blome, Anouk Lloren and Jan Rosset
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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.
In order to raise income, the government needs to obtain approval from Parliament for its taxation plans. The Budget process is the means by which the House of Commons considers the government’s plans to impose ‘charges on the people’ and its assessment of the wider state of the economy.
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.
There was controversy on 9 February over whether the government had used procedural trickery to swerve a backbench rebellion in the House of Commons on a clause inserted in the Trade Bill by the House of Lords. Apparently, it was something to do with ‘packaging’. What does that mean, and was it true? The answer is all about ‘ping-pong’.