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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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.
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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’.