Parliament and political disengagement: neither waving nor drowning

Kelso, Alexandra (2007) Parliament and political disengagement: neither waving nor drowning. Political Quarterly, 78, (3), 364-373. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2007.00865.x).


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Concern about political disengagement is prevalent in British politics, and this article seeks to examine what the Westminster Parliament has been doing to address it. Recent reforms and recommendations from various parliamentary committees are examined, including increased use of the Internet to disseminate information about Parliament, the use of online consultation mechanisms, and the tentative extension of parliament's petitioning processes. The discussion is couched in the representative origins of Parliament, its adaptation to democratic politics and the extent to which its response to political disengagement is contextualised by its representational, rather than its democratic, role. The article addresses whether Parliament can approach these issues in a ‘holistic’ fashion, and as a ‘unified’ institution within the political system.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2007.00865.x
ISSNs: 0032-3179 (print)
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Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
ePrint ID: 51804
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July 2007Published
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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