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.
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 West Scotland (formerly 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.
September 2020 – January 2021
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- Westminster Foundation for Democracy, on Twitter @WFD_Democracy
- University of Birmingham, on Twitter @unibirmingham
- International Development Department, University of Birmingham, on Twitter @iddbirmingham