Parliamentary co-operation

B0I43-qIYAAFSR0Just over two weeks ago, I spoke at a conference, on ‘The National Assembly for Wales: Studying the Welsh Legislature’, at the Welsh Governance Centre in Cardiff.  I gave the keynote lecture and spoke on ‘Making sense of diversity – The National Assembly: A framework for analysis’.  I drew on analyses on legislatures, including previous work I have done on assessing the legislative effectiveness of legislatures.

I addressed challenges facing legislatures and the challenges facing the National Assembly for Wales.  The latter I discussed in the context of devolution, newness, and size.  On the first of these, I quoted John Kincaid: ‘Devolution’s key challenge is not so much dividing powers as it is sharing powers.’  This also extends more broadly to co-operation.  There is the danger of legislatures missing out.  In a dynamic environment of multi-level governance, there is the danger of executives developing institutional links, but with legislatures not developing similar links.  As the Silk Commission has recognised, there is a need to think about ways of engaging.  The challenge, as the Commission recognised, is ensuring that inter-parliamentary engagement, and not just inter-governmental engagement, is strong.  Co-operation between parliaments within the UK is developing, but there is a case for ensuring that it has a more established basis.


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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3 Responses to Parliamentary co-operation

  1. Jonathan says:

    Is the picture a candidate for a future caption competition? Never mind Westminster, from the title of your slide it would appear the engagement you are promoting is between the Welsh Assembly and Hull City Council!

  2. maude elwes says:

    I found this thread amusing after reading an article in the Guardian on V Cable calling for further diversity on our private company boards across the UK.

    Are we shortly to expect to hear we must have at least one Welsh, one Scot, one Scouse, one Irish and so on. Or, are 20% ethnics, who are less the 7% of the population, so we are told, the only requirement of diversity we must adhere to, regardless of whether or not they’re fit for purpose? So, a board full of women (56% of population) and ethnics of one kind and another will leave very little room for companies to be manned by the movers and shakers they need to keep them afloat, will it not?

    Another move towards ruin our governments insists on.

  3. Tony Sands says:

    Very interesting! Your area of competence has widened massively since the eighties. I think the public will become much more focused on devolution and what national parliaments actually do after 2015. I think anything but a stable majority for the Conservatives will challenge the status quo and make for an even more dynamic environment. Has any academic produced any research on the links between the executives that you referred to?

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