A new perspective on constituency representation: British parliamentarians and the 'management' of crises

Stark, Alastair (2010) A new perspective on constituency representation: British parliamentarians and the 'management' of crises. Journal of Legislative Studies, 16 4: 495-514. doi:10.1080/13572334.2010.519458


Author Stark, Alastair
Title A new perspective on constituency representation: British parliamentarians and the 'management' of crises
Language of Title eng
Journal name Journal of Legislative Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 1357-2334
1743-9337
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13572334.2010.519458
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 495
End page 514
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article examines the constituency roles performed by members of the House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly during four crises. While the constituency work of British parliamentarians has already attracted the attention of scholars, this article emerges from a belief that new findings about legislatures can be generated by examining familiar representative functions during the abnormal context of a crisis. In order to investigate this argument, the article sets out a series of theoretical proposals about the relevancy of constituency roles to state-led forms of ‘crisis management’. These proposals are then applied to four crisis case studies and tested via interviews with parliamentarians and civil servants. Findings emerge which show that constituency roles can improve the implementation of crisis management decisions and generate support for political actors and systems during a crisis episode.
Keyword Constituency roles
Crisis management
Scottish Parliament
Westminster
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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