Representative democracy is not a universal, one-size-fits-all model. There is much to learn from how other parliaments around the world work. And through the Global Research Network for Parliaments and People, we support researchers in other countries to conduct ‘critical friend’ scrutiny of their own parliaments.
With Westminster still mired in extraordinary Brexit difficulties, the Irish Parliament (Oireachtas), operating in a much less febrile environment, has concluded its legislative preparations for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.
In Canada, the ‘professional politician’ remains the exception rather than the rule, and MPs with prior political experience don’t have an advantage in the development of their parliamentary careers.
How did Ireland get to its 25 May ‘repeal the 8th’ constitutional referendum on abortion? The process has innovatively blended participatory, deliberative, representative and direct forms of democracy.
Join us for the launch of our new Global Research Network on Parliaments and People, with a keynote speech on ‘Deepening Democracy’ by Baroness Amos.
Meheret Ayenew, Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies in Addis Ababa, and researcher Tsedey Mekonnen set out the history, make-up and role of the bicameral Ethiopian Parliament.
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