Democracy in Practice

Democracy in Practice

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This collection highlights the ways in which parliaments create and maintain powerful symbols of democracy and power. It explores how political and social hierarchies operate within parliaments through ceremonial spectacles, formal and informal rules and rituals, art and architecture. Members are socialized through everyday practices but such institutional disciplining is also challenged performatively a€“ by refusal to participate, by subversion of norms or by rejection of rules. The contributions to this volume highlight that the everyday ritual practices as well as institutional ceremonies have significant political meaning, whether their focus is upon the spectacular or the quotidian. Chapters on opening ceremony, Prime Minister's Questions, on performance of debate and disruption, on the architecture and space of suggest that what has often been seen as the banal backdrop to politics proper, accumulated tradition or necessary rules of procedure, should in fact be the starting-point for our analyses of modern democratic parliaments.It includes provisions to allow the Prime Minister to alter the date by up to two months by Order. ... Unit briefing and submission to parliamentary select committees, August 2010, available as a PDF at: policy/ UCL_expertise/Constitution_Unit/150.pdf. 4. ... Exact figures according to GovComms were: in 2009 2, 040 000 viewers; in 2010 3, 961 692 viewers; and in 2011 4, 256anbsp;...

Title:Democracy in Practice
Author:Shirin M. Rai
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-12-10


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