Dealignment and the Power of Parliamentary Committees

Dealignment and the Power of Parliamentary Committees

The power of parliamentary committees varies greatly, both between countries and over time. Thomas Fleming analyses committees in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK to argue that committee power is influenced by voters’ attachments to political parties.

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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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