In January 2021 the SPG published a collection of essays reflecting on the experience of parliaments in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.
The essays – written by current and former parliamentary staff, academics and others working in and on parliaments – examine how parliaments innovated and adapted their working practices to cope with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and also consider the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to fulfil their roles of legislating, facilitating debate and holding government to account. They do not shy away from controversy in places.
The essays focus mainly on Westminster and the UK’s devolved legislatures but also document the experience of the Crown dependencies and the New Zealand and Bahrain legislatures.
The essays were co-edited by four members of the SPG: Paul Evans, Christine Salmon-Percival, Paul Silk and Hannah White.
Hard copies of the collection may be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Paul will let you know how to make payment. The cost will be £10.00 + postal costs (£3.70).
A PDF version is available below: