The Good Parliament Report, Brexit politics, and the Institutionalisation of a Diversity Sensitive Commons

The Good Parliament Report, Brexit politics, and the Institutionalisation of a Diversity Sensitive Commons

Professor Sarah Childs discusses the implications of the parliamentary politics of Brexit, and prospects for future reforms at Westminster. 

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Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar: (mis)connecting Brexit and the Expenses Scandal

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar: (mis)connecting Brexit and the Expenses Scandal

The link between the Expenses Scandal and Brexit suggested by a new BBC documentary is not so convincing, writes Nick Dickinson, but the desire to connect the two reveals a lot about the tendency of sophisticated political observers to refuse to take certain events at face value.

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How effective are the Commons’ two committee systems at scrutinising government policy-making?

How effective are the Commons’ two committee systems at scrutinising government policy-making?

In addition to their floor debates, a crucial role of legislatures is to scrutinise government law-making and policy implementation. The House of Commons looks at legislation via bill committees, and its select committees cover each of the Whitehall departments to scrutinise implementation. As part of the 2018 Audit of UK Democracy, Patrick Dunleavy and the Democratic Audit team consider how well current processes maintain parliamentary knowledge and scrutiny of the central state in the UK and England.

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