Articles on themes including the development of Sweden’s now 100-year-old parliamentary democracy, strategic voting among Lib Dem supporters in the 2015 general election, policy areas associated with personal attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions, UK intergovernmental relations and spending after the Conservative-DUP ‘confidence and supply’ deal, and more.
- Sweden’s Parliamentary Democracy at 100 [Editors’ Choice, Open Access] – Johannes Lindvall, Hanna Bäck, Carl Dahlström, Elin Naurin, Jan Teorell
- Abandon Ship? An Analysis of Strategic Voting among Liberal Democrat Voters in the 2015 UK Election – Isaac D Hale
- Parliamentary Representation: A Cross-national Study of Candidates’ Views – Laura Sudulich, Siim Trumm, Jack Bridgewater
- Curbing Their Antagonism: Topics Associated with a Reduction in Personal Attacks at Prime Minister’s Questions – Maurice Waddle, Peter Bull
- Municipal Councillors in Parliament, a Handicap for Legislative Activism? Parliamentary Productivity of Dual Mandate-Holders in the Belgian Federal Assembly between 1995 and 2014 – Nicolas Van de Voorde
- The Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party: Implications for the Barnett Formula and Intergovernmental Relations in the UK – Derek Birrell, Deirdre Heenan
- Short-lived Parliamentarisation in 19th-century Germany: Parliamentary Government in the Frankfurt Assembly of 1848/1849 – Ulrich Sieberer, Michael Herrmann
- A Matter of Life or Death: A Survey Experiment on the Perceived Legitimacy of Political Decision-Making on Euthanasia – Henrik Serup Christensen, Staffan Himmelroos, Maija Setälä
- Frock Coats against Brass Hats? Politicians, the Military and the War in Afghanistan 2001–2014 – Paul Dixon
- The Activity of Commercial Lobbies in the Israeli Knesset During 2015–2018: Undermining or Realising the Democratic Foundations? – Erez Cohen
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