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The Role of the Member of Parliament Since 1868: From Gentlemen to Players

Michael Rush


This book presents a fascinating picture of the role of the MP during the last 150 years. The book examines the various roles of Members of Parliament since the middle of the last century. Backbench MPs have three major roles — a partisan role, a constituency role, and a scrutiny role. They increasingly expect and are expected to support their parties; to help constituents with individual problems and to look after their collective interests; and they are expected to keep a check on the government and its policies. These roles existed 150 years ago, but the balance between them has changed. Th ... More

Keywords: MPs, backbench MPs, partisan role, constituency role, scrutiny role, Westminster, non-partisan role

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198275770
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198275770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Rush, author
Department of Politics, University of Exeter