Policy representation by party leaders and followers: what drives UK Prime Minister’s Questions?

Bevan, Shaun ; John, Peter

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2015.16
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/255697648...
Additional URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/ abstract_S0017257X1...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Government & Opposition
Volume: 51
Issue number: 1
Page range: 59-83
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0017-257X ; 1477-7053
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This paper demonstrates how party leaders (frontbenchers) and backbenchers use their access to UK Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) to represent the policy agenda. Building on comparative research on parliamentary questions and agenda-setting as well as taking account of the particular context of PMQs, we argue that party leaders and followers draw attention to different kinds of policy topics with the express purpose of influencing the government. Based on a content analysis of over 9,000 questions between 1997 and 2008, our analysis demonstrates how the posing of questions affects subsequent agenda, varying according to whether questions come from the front or backbench, from government and opposition and from different parties. The findings demonstrate that PMQs helps both the opposition and backbenchers draw attention to issues that the government and opposition party leadership does not always wish to attend to.

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