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Constituency Influence in Parliament
Countering the Centre
Kelly Blidook  

$85.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/12/2012
ISBN: 9780774821568    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774821575    

196 Pages


About the Book

Selected, Hill Times 100 Best Books of 2012

Constituency Influence in Parliament examines the rules and conduct of Private Membersí Business to assess the complex relationship between constituency representation and policy proposals. This revealing study shows that members of Parliament pursue various types of goals in the legislature -- not all of which focus upon parties or leaders -- and each MP plays an important representative role in shaping policy. In contrast with most literature on Canadian politics, Blidook resurrects the relevance of Canadaís Parliament by examining what MPs do, why they do it, and what effect it has.

About the Author(s)

Kelly Blidook is an assistant professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Table of Contents

1. Parliament and Its Members: Representation and Governance

2. The Electoral Connection and Legislative Behaviour in Canada

3. Legislation in the House: Private Membersí Business

4. Private Membersí Business: Participation and Motivation

5. Constituency Interests and Private Membersí Business

6. The Nationís Interests, the Partyís Interests, or the MPís Interests?

7. Does It Matter? Do Members of Parliament Influence Policy?

8. Conclusion: Individual Autonomy and Representation

Appendices; Notes; Bibliography


This splendidly crafted book not only provides valuable and original insights into Parliament and into the behaviour and influence of individual MPs, but also reaffirms the value of detailed empirical research into the Commons and, crucially, that Parliament matters. Essential reading for anyone interested in parliamentary government in Canada.
--Graham White, author of Cabinets and First Ministers

A first-rate book on Private Membersí Bills, including their success rates, policy areas, and partisan and ideological breakdowns, supplemented by one-on-one interviews with members of parliament. Blidookís detailed and compelling analysis highlights the critical role these bills play in the representation process, and in Parliament itself.
--David Docherty, author of Legislatures

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Political Science

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