Socialising new British MPs: the role of good advice in cultivating legislators’ loyalty norms

Socialising new British MPs: the role of good advice in cultivating legislators’ loyalty norms

How do new MPs learn the institutional norms and practices of the Commons when they are first elected? Nick Dickinson, University of Exeter, discusses a new model for parliamentary socialisation.

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Standing up for parliament: how non-elected officials represent parliament as an institution

Standing up for parliament: how non-elected officials represent parliament as an institution

In a new Political Studies article David Judge and Cristina Leston-Bandeira identify non-elected officials rather than elected members as those who ‘speak for’ and ‘act for’ parliaments as institutions most often. In this post, originally posted on The Constitution Unit, they discuss this paradox and some of their key findings in relation to the UK parliament.

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Report of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House of Lords: a real opportunity for progress on reform

Report of the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the size of the House of Lords: a real opportunity for progress on reform

The Lord Speaker’s Committee on the Size of the House of Lords, has recommended moving to a chamber of no more than 600 members, appointed for 15-year terms. This follows years of controversy about the growing size of the Lords, which currently stands at over 800. In a post originally published on The Constitution UnitSir David Beamish, formerly the most senior official in the House of Lords, argues that the proposals offer the best opportunity for years for some small progress on the knotty issue of Lords reform.

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