Conference recap: Making Sense of Parliaments

Conference recap: Making Sense of Parliaments

A recap of the PSA Parliaments annual conference Making Sense of Parliaments, held at the Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on 8-9 November 2018.

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The Potential Impact of Institutional Collapse on Northern Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee

The Potential Impact of Institutional Collapse on Northern Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee

Devolved government in Northern Ireland collapsed in early 2017 and remains suspended, with no resolution in sight. Clare Rice, Queen’s University Belfast, discusses the impact of this institutional hiatus on the Public Accounts Committee in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the scrutiny of public spending.

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“What do you want from your MLA?” Constituency service in Northern Ireland

“What do you want from your MLA?” Constituency service in Northern Ireland

With no functioning Assembly at Stormont, there have been calls for a reduction or complete cut of salaries for Members of the Legislative Assembly. However, constituency work is continuing in Northern Ireland: Sean Haughey has examined how much constituency service do MLAs actually provide, and what it entails.

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