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Four models of political representation: British MPs and the use of ICT

Norton, Philip



This paper tests four models of political representation in the UK Parliament: the traditional, party, representative and tribune. Each involves a different usage of the Internet in order to fulfil a particular role. A rational choice approach emphasises the utility of the party model, utilising information and communication technologies to reinforce existing patterns within the political system. An empirical study suggests that the party model is the most applicable to the UK Parliament. Few MPs utilise the Internet in a way consistent with the other three models. If innovative use is to be made of the Internet, it may be at the institutional level rather than at the level of the individual MP. © 2007, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Norton, P. (2007). Four models of political representation: British MPs and the use of ICT. Journal of Legislative Studies, 13(3), 354-369.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2007
Online Publication Date Jun 5, 2008
Publication Date 2007-09
Journal Journal of Legislative Studies
Print ISSN 1357-2334
Electronic ISSN 1743-9337
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 354-369
Keywords Political Science and International Relations; Law
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