Is Parliamentary Reform Democratic Reform?

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Author: Chloë Rowbotham

This paper was the winner of the 2004 Alf Hales research award, handed out each year to the best paper on the parliamentary system written by a Parliamentary Intern. Written as the third chapter of a book on the democratic deficit, it aims to distinguish between parliamentary reform, which changes the rules, and democratic reform, which changes the game itself.

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