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Reimagining Parliamentary Governance

Yong, Ben


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Dr Ben Yong
Associate Professor


David Judge

Cristina Leston-Bandeira


This chapter examines the important, but often overlooked, issue of parliamentary governance. How parliament organises and maintains itself is a fundamental question of the UK’s constitution: it goes to legitimacy and effectiveness of the legislature in carrying out its core constitutional functions. Parliamentary governance is the set of arrangements which determine the administration of parliament as an organisation and its resources; of how objectives in parliament are set; the means of attaining those objectives; and how accountability for those arrangements is effected. The chapter critiques present governance arrangements: in short, they are weak, ineffective and non-transparent. From this critical base, four principles are identified – prioritising the institution; effective governance mechanisms; clear lines of accountability; and representation – to guide reimagining; and seven practical proposals are identified as key steps towards attaining this reimagined future.


Yong, B. (2024). Reimagining Parliamentary Governance. In D. Judge, & C. Leston-Bandeira (Eds.), Reimagining Parliament. Bristol University Press

Online Publication Date May 22, 2024
Publication Date May 22, 2024
Deposit Date Mar 19, 2024
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2026
Publisher Bristol University Press
Book Title Reimagining Parliament
ISBN 9781529226980
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Contract Date Mar 18, 2024