Recent publications by Steve McKay

Steve McKay and colleagues have an article in Politics and Gender that looks at the UK Parliament’s select committee system that presents the results of tests for the impact of four variables previously found to be important in explaining changes in gendered Continue reading Recent publications by Steve McKay

Andrew Defty discusses the delay in appointing the Intelligence and Security Committee

In a blog piece for the Hansard Society on 9 June, Andrew Defty has discussed the unprecedented delay in appointing the Intelligence and Security Committee and some of its implications: https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blog/where-is-the-intelligence-and-security-committee-and-why-does-its-absence.  

Mark Bennister provides CPD for teachers

On 11 June, Mark Bennister took part in a CPD seminar for teachers of A Level Politics and Advanced Higher Modern Studies. Dr Bennister gave an academic presentation on accountability and scrutiny in the Commons, including PMQs and Liaison Committee, Continue reading Mark Bennister provides CPD for teachers

Running parliamentary institutions: dilemmas of leadership, governance and identity

Mark Bennister, Ben Yong and Diana Stirbu discuss the lack of a shared parliamentary identity in Westminster, considering the implications for institutional governance and reform.  “I’ve been very clear that I don’t think parliament is a building, I think it’s Continue reading Running parliamentary institutions: dilemmas of leadership, governance and identity

‘Being There’: Value, Impact and Practical Challenges of being an Academic Fellow in Parliament

Have you ever wondered what it is like to conduct your research in parliament? The UK legislatures host a number of fellowship schemes, including in partnership with various Research Councils, learned societies, charities and specific institutions, to enable academics at Continue reading ‘Being There’: Value, Impact and Practical Challenges of being an Academic Fellow in Parliament

Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers

Steve McKay and colleagues from Coventry University and the University of Birmingham, have had an article on MPs’ membership of select committees published in Parliamentary Affairs. It suggests that MPs approach this aspect of their parliamentary work in different ways, Continue reading Select Committee Membership, Parliamentary Roles and Parliamentary Careers

Effectiveness of select committees

Steve McKay and colleagues from Birmingham, Coventry and the LSE have published two blogs on the PSA Parliaments Group website. One examines the effectiveness of select committees in informing the House of Commons, as measured by whether they are debated Continue reading Effectiveness of select committees

Possible workshop event on parliamentary leadership

The PSA Parliaments Group and PSA Political Leadership Group are exploring a possible academic event/workshop to consider leadership in parliaments, such as the changing role of the Speaker, chairs of committees or other institutional actors. We are also working with Continue reading Possible workshop event on parliamentary leadership