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The pursuit of legitimacy as a key driver for public engagement: The European Parliament case (2012)
Journal Article
Leston-Bandeira, C. (2014). The pursuit of legitimacy as a key driver for public engagement: The European Parliament case. Parliamentary affairs, 67(2), (415-436). doi:10.1093/pa/gss050. ISSN 0031-2290

Political disengagement and declining trust have become main areas of concern for parliaments in Europe, leading to a considerable reinforcement of public engagement activities. The European Parliament is a prime example of an institution where the n... Read More

Towards a trustee model? Parliamentary representation in the internet era: The Portuguese case (2011)
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Leston-Bandeira, C. (2012). Towards a trustee model? Parliamentary representation in the internet era: The Portuguese case. Parliamentary affairs, 65(2), (425-447). doi:10.1093/pa/gsr036. ISSN 0031-2290

This article considers whether new media have shifted the focus and style of parliamentary representation in Portugal. The Portuguese case is an interesting one to look at because it has been characterised by a strong responsible party model and very... Read More

Dissent in a party-based parliament: The Portuguese case (2009)
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Leston-Bandeira, C. (2009). Dissent in a party-based parliament: The Portuguese case. Party Politics, 15(6), (695-713). doi:10.1177/1354068809334556. ISSN 1354-0688

With a focus on the Portuguese case, this article shows how MPs express disagreement with their parties in a highly cohesive and party-dominated parliament. We review the features that explain why the Portuguese institutional framework reinforces par... Read More

Parliamentary functions portrayed on European parliaments' websites (2009)
Journal Article
Leston-Bandeira, C. (2009). Parliamentary functions portrayed on European parliaments' websites. Revista de Sociologia e Política, 17(34), (13-27). doi:10.1590/s0104-44782009000300003. ISSN 0104-4478

This article uses data from a pilot study on the websites of 15 parliaments in Europe to identify which parliamentary functions are portrayed on these websites. The pilot study undertook a contents analysis focused on four parliamentary functions: le... Read More