Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Power behind the scenes: The importance of informal space in legislatures

Norton, Philip



Studies of legislatures focus on what happens in formal space, principally the chamber and committee rooms. Such studies are necessary, but not sufficient, for explaining behaviour within legislatures and its consequences. The use of space for members to interact informally with one another-informal space-can contribute to the institutionalisation of a legislature through facilitating autonomy. Such space provides an arena for socialisation, information exchange, lobbying and mobilising political support. This article examines the significance of informal space, drawing on the experience of the UK Parliament.


Norton, P. (2019). Power behind the scenes: The importance of informal space in legislatures. Parliamentary affairs, 72(2), 245-266.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 11, 2018
Publication Date 2019-04
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2020
Journal Parliamentary Affairs
Print ISSN 0031-2290
Electronic ISSN 1460-2482
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 72
Issue 2
Pages 245-266
Keywords Sociology and Political Science; Law
Public URL


You might also like

Downloadable Citations