Welcome to the Parliaments and Legislatures Blog

Our blog aims to promote the study and understanding of parliaments and related issues. We welcome contributions from UK and international academics or research students within the field of legislative studies and related areas. We also accept submissions from outside academia, including parliamentary practitioners, charities and other organizations working with parliament.

We accept two types of blog; short blogs discussing topical issues and longer blogs which provide an overview of a particular Parliament. All submissions should be free from unnecessary jargon and suitable for a wide audience.

If you are interested in writing for the blog please see our submission guidelines here.

Is the Fixed-term Parliaments Act a dead letter?

Is the Fixed-term Parliaments Act a dead letter?

The ease with which Theresa May was able to secure an early dissolution last week has led to suggestions that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 serves no useful purpose and should be scrapped. In a blog posted originally on the Constitution Unit blog, and drawing on wider evidence of how fixed-term parliaments legislations works in other countries, Robert Hazell, Professor of Government and the Constitution at the Constitution Unit, argues that there is a danger that it is being judged prematurely, on the basis of a single episode. Future circumstances in which a Prime Minister seeks a dissolution may be different, and in these cases the Fixed-term Parliaments Act may serve as more of a constraint.

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March 2017 newsletter

March 2017 newsletter

Welcome to our special conference newsletter, jam packed with panels and events for you to enjoy during your trip to Glasgow for the Political Studies Association Conference.  We will be hosting six excellent panels, sponsoring a roundtable on ‘Designing for Democracy’ and of course, there will be a specialist group AGM where we will be discussing our plans for the coming year.

See below for a more detailed timetable of each of these events,
plus our specialist group drinks on the evening of Monday 10 April. We’d love to see you all there. This will also be a good opportunity to get to know our new SG team! We’ve also highlighted a couple of other panels which we think will be of interest to members (and which contain expert members of our group!).

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Best wishes,

Marc (@marcgeddes), Louise (@LouiseVThompson), Alex (@A_Meakin) and Leanne (@LeanneMarieC)

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