Parliamentary Elections, Representation and the Law by Caroline Morris

By Caroline Morris

Parliamentary elections are the root of the democratic nation, supplying legitimacy to executive and a chance for electorate to take part within the democratic technique. yet, regardless of the the most important function of elections in executive and society, the legislations governing them is fragmented, either conceptually and when it comes to the criminal framework. This publication examines every one degree of the UK's electoral procedure from the point of view of the candidate looking to join Parliament (MP), together with eligibility and qualification, the candidate choice procedure, nominations, disputed elections, after which, ultimately, disqualification from the home of Commons. each one level of the method is taken into account in gentle of advancements in political perform and human rights jurisprudence, and a controversy is made for the rethinking and reform of the legislation of parliamentary candidacy and club. The e-book takes under consideration the reforms ushered in by way of the UK's parliamentary bills scandal of 2009, and it additionally seems to the recent electoral period which can eventuate below the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition executive: the referendum at the substitute vote electoral approach, the chance of remember elections for errant MPs, and the outlet up of the candidate choice procedure. The ebook might be of curiosity to these facing constitutional and administrative legislations, in addition to these attracted to politics extra normally.

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Congresswomen and Symbolic Representation’ (2004) 57(1) Political Research Quarterly 81, 93, arguing that the symbolic effects of women’s representation do not manifest themselves as greater political engagement or trust on the part of women. 99 ╇The phrase is Charles Taylor’s: C Taylor, ‘The Politics of Recognition’ in A Gutmann (ed), Multiculturalism: Examining the ‘Politics of Recognition’ (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1994). 100 ╇ Phillips, above n 94, 40. 101 ╇ Speaker’s Conference, above n 96, 11.

None of these is unchangeable, and a representative may display the characteristics of one or more theories at any one time. However, it is usually the representative who is under scrutiny. Given that this aspect of political behaviour is closely controlled by law, we now turn to investigate they way in which the legal system and its actors have sought to control representation, in the hope that the analysis of this regulation may shed greater light on the who, what and how of representation. ╇ Jurisprudence of Representation As noted, much ink has been spilled on theories of representation, more than can be done justice here.

84 To be fair, this was premised on his view not so much that they had no interest, but rather that they had no separate interest which could not be represented by another. 86 John Stuart Mill came to a similar result via a different path. 89 Under that system, people 79 ╇ J Mill, ‘Essay on Government’ in T Ball, James Mill Political Writings (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1992) 5; J Bentham, Constitutional Code (1830), § 1, in J Bowring (ed), Works of Jeremy Bentham Vol IX (Edinburgh, William Tait, 1843) 5.

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