Canada’s ‘amateur’ MPs

Canada’s ‘amateur’ MPs

In a blog originally posted by the Hansard Society, James Pow discusses how 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.

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The process of leaving political office in Britain and its implications for democracy

The process of leaving political office in Britain and its implications for democracy

Drawing on interviews conducted with British politicians, Dame Jane Roberts explains the different impacts of leaving political office. In a blog originally posted on LSE British Politics and Policy, she writes that the process is often made unnecessarily harsh, something that may be preventing some politicians from standing down altogether, with implications for representative democracy.

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October 2018 newsletter

October 2018 newsletter

A little hello from the PSA Parliaments Group team! A short edition of our newsletter this time around, including:

  1. Our Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN
  2. Reminder: #PSA19 – general call for papers OPEN
  3. Reminder: #PSA19 – specific calls for papers: e-petitions and party competition
  4. Recently on our blog

If you have any notices / messages you would like us to circulate to the group, please let us know (including events, new research projects, grants, publications, etc.). Or other ideas for the group and feedback for us, they’re welcome too!

Best wishes,
Marc (@marcgeddes), Louise (@LouiseVThompson) Alex (@A_Meakin) and Seán (@S_Haughey)


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e-Petitions and the Electoral Connection: Making Sense of How MPs Engage With Parliamentary e-Petitions

e-Petitions and the Electoral Connection: Making Sense of How MPs Engage With Parliamentary e-Petitions

Dr Felicity Matthews discusses her new Academic Fellowship researching how MPs engage with parliamentary e-petitions, and calls for abstracts on petitions for a themed panel at #PSA19  Continue reading