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Integrating the view of the public into the formal legislative process: public reading stage in the UK House of Commons

Leston-Bandeira, C and Thompson, Louise (2017) Integrating the view of the public into the formal legislative process: public reading stage in the UK House of Commons The Journal of Legislative Studies, 23 (4). pp. 508-528.

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Abstract

Recent years have seen increasing calls to integrate the public’s voice into the parliamentary process. This article examines the impact of public reading stage (PRS) on the UK Parliament’s scrutiny of a bill. A new stage of the legislative process piloted by the House of Commons in February 2013, PRS invited the public to comment on a bill undergoing parliamentary scrutiny (the Children and Families Bill). The PRS was designed to encourage members of the public to participate in the scrutiny of legislation through a specially designed forum on Parliament’s website. Over 1000 comments were submitted. Drawing on a content analysis of the comments given by the public to the bill, complemented by interviews with MPs, key officials and PRS participants, we find that although the public reading stage had an impressive response, it failed to make much of a tangible impact on the parliamentary scrutiny of the bill. This was largely due to the choice of bill being used for the pilot and its lack of appropriate integration into the formal legislative process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Politics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Leston-Bandeira, C
Thompson, Louiselouise.thompson@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 November 2017
Identification Number : 10.1080/13572334.2017.1394736
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Legislative Studies on 1 November 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13572334.2017.1394736
Uncontrolled Keywords : legislative process; parliament; public engagement; scrutiny of legislation
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2017 15:05
Last Modified : 19 Dec 2017 12:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813604

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