How can MPs support inclusive change?

Rebecca Gordon, Victoria Hasson, Nic Cheeseman, David Hudson

Human Rights Commission, New Zealand
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WHAT IT'S ABOUT

How personal and performance factors influence MP's ability to initiate and support inclusive legislation

  • Are there specific qualities that MPs possess that support them in pushing for inclusive change?
  • How are these factors (agency/performance) utilised in this process?
  • Do these factors change depending on the structural environment leaders are situated in?
  • How can these qualities be supported and sustained?

WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN

How programmes that aim to support parliamentarians can be designed to recognise and develop qualities that might stimulate and sustain a parliamentarian’s work for inclusive change.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project seeks to question whether there are specific qualities that MPs possess which support them in pushing for inclusive change and whether these factors change depending on the structural environment leaders are situated in.

Although broad, inclusive change encompasses legislation and policy which has explicitly recognised, measured and planned around the specific needs and impacts on marginalised groups, looking at indicators such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability and age. As the skills needed to mobilise for inclusive change are likely to differ from work on other forms of legislation, a leader-centered approach, which emphasises the key characteristics and life histories of leaders, will be used to explore how personal factors shapes parliamentarians’ ability to initiate and support inclusive legislation.

WHO'S INVOLVED, WHERE

Rebecca Gordon, University of Birmingham
Victoria Hasson, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham
David Hudson, University of Birmingham

Rebecca is the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Post-Doctoral Fellow in Leadership for Inclusive and Democratic Politics, a role funded by WFD and in collaboration with the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, and the Developmental Leadership Program.

COUNTRIES

TBC

TIMELINE

January 2021 - June 2021

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Authors


Rebecca Gordon

Rebecca Gordon

Research Fellow in Leadership for Inclusive and Democratic Politics, University of Birmingham

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Victoria Hasson

Victoria Hasson

Senior Parliamentary Adviser, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

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Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman

Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham

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David Hudson

David Hudson

Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, and Director, Developmental Leadership Program

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