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

Alastair Stark

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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’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-514
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Legislative Studies
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Keywords

  • parliament
  • crisis management
  • Scottish Parliament
  • Welsh Assembly
  • Westminster

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