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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