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 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 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.
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.
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?