Questioning Prime Ministers: A survey of procedures in 32 parliamentary democracies

Questioning Prime Ministers: A survey of procedures in 32 parliamentary democracies

In the second of our blogs from our 2017 conference, Legislatures in Uncertain TimesRuxandra Serban, UCL, discusses different procedures used to hold Prime Ministers to account in 32 parliamentary democracies.

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What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

What do we mean by the “political class” – and are they all the same?

Popular debates focus on the political class, usually its alleged careerism and self-interest. In a post originally posted on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, and providing an update on his research on the personal side of politics, James Weinberg deconstructs the term “political class” and presents some of his findings on the personal values of those who make it up.

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Workshop on Quantitative Statistics for Dabblers

Workshop on Quantitative Statistics for Dabblers

quants-workshop-2The PSA Parliaments & Legislatures Specialist Group, in conjunction with the British Politics Research Group at the University of Birmingham, held a methods workshop on the statistical analysis of parliaments and legislatures on the 16th September 2016. Aimed at ‘dabblers’, the workshop was organized by Stephen Bates (Birmingham), Mark Goodwin (Birmingham) and Steve McKay (Lincoln) and, using their British Academy-funded project on Select Committees as a focal point, guided participants through the research process from initial ideas through data collection, management, modelling and analysis to completed paper.

The workshop was attended by 12 post-doctoral students and researchers from across academia and the third sector and was generally well received with one participant saying “Many thanks to Stephen, Mark and Steve for an excellent workshop. I’ll be recommending it, should you decide to hold another in the future”.