Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Representation and Diversity

Bochel, Hugh and Berthier, Anouk (2021) Parliamentary Committee Witnesses: Representation and Diversity. The Journal of Legislative Studies . ISSN 1357-2334

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13572334.2020.1808341

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Abstract

Issues of diversity in elected bodies have received considerable attention in recent years, in particular with regard to the characteristics of elected representatives. This article explores a rather different dimension relating to representation and diversity, the witnesses that appear before parliamentary committees in their scrutiny of government actions and legislation. It draws on Pitkin and Saward’s conceptions of representation and the case of witnesses who provide oral witnesses to the Scottish Parliament’s committees. The article suggests that the application of such ideas to the selection and characteristics of witnesses, and in particular to the views expressed by MSPs and parliamentary officials, is helpful in highlighting the different understandings of and aspirations for ‘representation’, including the variety of perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of these.

Keywords:Diversity, gender, parliaments, participation, Scottish Parliament, representation
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:42107
Deposited On:08 Sep 2020 10:09

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