Parliamentary leadership in times of crisis

Rebecca Gordon, Nic Cheeseman

Virtual meeting of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil. © Chamber of Deputies of Brazil
Image: Virtual meeting of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil. © Chamber of Deputies of Brazil

WHAT IT'S ABOUT

How parliaments oversee and scrutinise the executive’s response to Covid-19.

  • What role have parliaments played in responding to Covid-19, particularly in scrutinising government’s actions to address the crisis?
  • What have the main enablers and barriers been to effective parliamentary responses and scrutiny?
  • Which parliamentary actors have been involved in responding to Covid-19 and what is the role of leadership in their response?

WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN

Examples of effective parliamentary scrutiny and challenges to effective scrutiny. Evidence on how parliamentary leaders can be supported in times of crisis.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project will identify the ways in which parliaments have been able to respond to Covid-19, particularly their role in scrutinising the actions of the executive during the crisis. It seeks to identify the role of leadership in approaches utilised by parliamentarians. It will also explore factors which enable parliaments to provide their oversight function more effectively and what some of the challenges to effective parliamentary scrutiny have been during the Covid-19 crisis thus far.

WHO'S INVOLVED, WHERE

Rebecca Gordon, University of Birmingham
Nic Cheeseman, 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

Brazil
Nepal
Ukraine

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TIMELINE

September 2020 - 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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Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman

Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham

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