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Understanding Governance

Parliamentary Socialisation

Learning the Ropes or Determining Behaviour?

Authors: Rush, M., Giddings, P.

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This first book-length study of the socialisation of MPs uses questionnaire data gathered over two Parliaments (1992-97 and 1997-2001) to find out how MPs learn about, and what their attitudes are towards, their role as a Member of Parliament. It analyzes their participation in debates, the use of Parliamentary Questions and committee work.

About the authors

MICHAEL RUSH is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Sheffield University, UK, where he was formerly Head of the Politics Department. He has written a number of books on Parliament, including The Role of the Member of Parliament Since 1868: From Gentlemen to Players (2001), Parliament Today (2005) and When Gordon Took the Helm: the Palgrave Review of British Politics, 2007-08 (with Philip Giddings, 2008).
 
PHILIP GIDDINGS is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, UK. He has edited and contributed to a number of books, including Westminster and Europe: Law, Policy and Parliament (2004), The Ombudsman, the Citizen and Parliament (2002) and Parliamentary Accountability: A Study of Parliament and Executive Agencies (1995).

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"The British public were scandalized by the expenses farrago of the last Parliament, together with the ineffectualness of backbench MPs. The Committee on Standards in Public Life during my period as Chairman identified a self-serving culture which had developed over many years under governments of both Labour and Conservative. The 2010 election candidates promised radical change. Have the new intake of MPs the will and capacity to deliver it? This is the crucial question which this fascinating book by Philip Giddings and Michael Rush seeks to answer. It is a must read for anybody interested in the current and future health of our democratic system." - Sir Alistair Graham, Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2004 to 2007

"After the expenses scandal it is time for attention to turn to what MPs actually do and how they see their role. This is the territory that Rush and Giddings have made their own." - Tony Wright, MP for Cannock and Burntwood 1992-97 and Cannock Chase 1997-2010, former Chair of the Public Administration Committee 1999-2010 and the Select Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons 2008-10

"A welcome feature of the recent public discussion of the ethical behaviour of MPs has been a revival of interest in questioning how Parliament as an institution works, and why its members behave as they do. Parliamentary Socialisation, in its empirical assessment of how MPs' attitudes and behaviour are formed and changed, provides a context to these questions. Although based on research during two periods of majority government, it is essential reading for anyone what wants to understand how MPs are reacting to being members of the first hung parliament since the second world war, and why this is of importance with respect to the type of Parliament we shall have not just at the end of this Parliament's term, but also in the more distant future." - Patricia Leopold, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Reading, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Changing Westminster

    Rush, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • The Role of the Member of Parliament

    Rush, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 9-27

  • Legislative Socialisation

    Rush, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 28-58

  • Functional Socialisation

    Rush, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 59-99

  • Attitudinal Socialisation

    Rush, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 100-134

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Hardcover £75.00
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Softcover £67.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Parliamentary Socialisation
Book Subtitle
Learning the Ropes or Determining Behaviour?
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Governance
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-31685-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230316850
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28489-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33007-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 266
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