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Speaking for Parliament

Norton, Philip



The UK Parliament in recent decades has seen significant structural and behavioural changes that have rendered it more effective in carrying out its core functions than at any time in modern political history. These changes have not impacted greatly on public perceptions of Parliament and its members. Parliament and parliamentarians have been the source of declining satisfaction. The public have been more influenced by their perceptions of parliamentarians’ behaviour than a results-based performance. Parliamentarians have not recognised the source of the dissatisfaction and have no clear institutional mechanism for responding to it. There is no one authoritative figure who can speak for Parliament. To combat public perceptions requires a proactive and collective response on the part of members of both Houses.


Norton, P. (2017). Speaking for Parliament. Parliamentary affairs, 70(2), 191-206.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 24, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2016
Journal Parliamentary affairs
Print ISSN 0031-2290
Electronic ISSN 1460-2482
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 70
Issue 2
Pages 191-206
Keywords Parliament, House of Commons, House of Lords, MPs, Peers, Crisis management, Public dissatisfaction, Institutional change
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Additional Information This is a description of an article which has been accepted for future publication in: Parliamentary affairs.


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