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Parliament and Citizens in the United Kingdom

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The relationship that has developed between Parliament and citizen in the United Kingdom has been two-way and multi-faceted. This article examines the input achieved by citizen (as voter, constituent, and member of organised interest) through party, the MP, and the institution; and the output of Parliament to citizen through party, MP, and its own resources. The nature of and need for engagement have been exacerbated by recent scandals and both Houses of Parliament have sought to achieve greater direct engagement with the public through the use of the new social media. Citizens continue to distinguish between the local MP and the institution of which the MP is a member.
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Keywords: House of Commons; MP; casework; constituency representation; constituents

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Politics and International Studies,University of Hull, UK

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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