Articles on themes including the mental wellbeing of politicians, the efficacy of the petitions system in the UK Parliament and devolved legislatures, the rate of equivocacy in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s answers during PMQs, the emergence of international inter-parliamentary institutions, and more.
- Petitions Systems: Outcomes, ‘Success’ and ‘Failure’
- Governing under Pressure? The Mental Wellbeing of Politicians(free)
Matthew Flinders, Ashley Weinberg, James Weinberg, Marc Geddes, Richard Kwiatkowski
- To Scrutinise and Protect: Question Time as a Window into Institutional and Electoral Incentives at Holyrood and Westminster
David C W Parker, Jessie E Munson, Caitlyn M Richter
- Public Office and Public Trust: Standards of Conduct in Parliament: A Comparative Analysis of Rules of Conduct in Three Parliaments
- How Citizens Judge Extreme Legislative Dissent: Experimental Evidence from Canada on Party Switching
John R McAndrews, Feodor Snagovsky, Paul E J Thomas
- Learning from Divided Parties? Legislator Dissent as a Cue for Opinion Formation
- Italy 2018: The Perfect Populist Storm?
Gianfranco Baldini, Matteo Fabio Nels Giglioli
- Explaining the Emergence of International Parliamentary Institutions: The Case of the Benelux Interparliamentary Consultative Council
- When do Legislators Respond to their Constituencies in Party Controlled Assemblies? Evidence from Chile
- Can’t Answer? Won’t Answer? An Analysis of Equivocal Responses by Theresa May in Prime Minister’s Questions
Peter Bull, Will Strawson
- Who Gets What? The Interactive Effect of MPs’ Sex in Committee Assignments in Portugal(free)
Ana Espírito-Santo, Edalina Rodrigues Sanches
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How does the Coronavirus Act renewal process which is due to take place on 19 October work? How important is the Act in the overall legislative response to the pandemic? And what might MPs take from the process for the delegation of powers in future Acts?
Ahead of detailed consideration of the Nationality and Borders Bill in Committee in the House of Commons from 19 October, this briefing paper focuses on five clauses in the Bill that contain delegated powers that are of particular concern and that highlight different aspects of the problems with the system of delegated powers.
The House of Lords started using ‘post-pandemic’ procedures in September 2021. In doing so, it has taken a significant step away from the ‘virtual’ and ‘hybrid’ proceedings which were introduced in April 2020 and had become normal practice, but it has not made a simple return to pre-pandemic procedures. Pandemic arrangements seem set to have lasting effects.
The Nationality and Borders Bill has entered its Committee stage in the House of Commons while still including six placeholder clauses which the government has always intended to change. This may indicate that an under-prepared Bill has been introduced to Parliament. It also inhibits effective scrutiny.
The Health and Social Care Levy Bill is being rushed through all its House of Commons stages in just one day on 14 September, only a week after the policy was announced. Before MPs approve the Bill, four important questions about scrutiny and accountability need answering.
Ahead of the Health and Care Bill’s Committee stage in the House of Commons, this briefing paper focuses on five clauses in the Bill that contain delegated powers that are of particular concern and that highlight different aspects of the problems with the system of delegated powers.