Ben Worthy and Stefani Langehennig discuss their Leverhulme funded project on monitory democracy. The blog outlines some of the key implications for scrutiny of political representatives and the manner in which monitoring mechanisms are used in the arena of democratic conflict.
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Alex Prior (University of East Anglia) & Cristina Leston-Bandeira (Leeds) discuss the potential for parliamentary story-telling to reach new audiences and to promote wider public engagement.
Recent decades have witnessed an increase of public distrust in politics, particularly towards core political institutions such as parliaments (Dalton 2017; Norris 2011; Hay 2007; Stoker 2006; Dalton 2004). In this context, parliaments have invested in the expansion of public engagement activities (Leston-Bandeira 2013). This is particularly evident within the UK Parliament since 2005 (Leston-Bandeira 2016), a time period that constitutes the focus of this article. Initiatives have been developed in numerous areas, from the creation of the Centre for Education in 2015 to the introduction of digital debates (also in 2015). There has been considerable experimentation with new initiatives and the way they relate to parliamentary business, or the extent to which they are developed in parallel with business. Storytelling is one of these new approaches, constituting a new means for engagement which aims to represent Parliament as relatable and relevant to citizens.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Liaison Committee, discusses its new report into how the system of select committees can operate more effectively, both in terms of their place within the House of Commons and their external impact, in a blog originally posted on The Constitution Unit. New ways of working and more powers are suggested, such as taking a ‘digital first’ approach to reports and formalising formalising further the arrangements for the Prime Minister to appear before the Liaison Committee.
Rebecca McKee and Tom Caygill report back from the House of Commons and the Study of Parliament Group conference marking 40 years of departmental select committees.