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Post-legislative scrutiny of climate and environment legislation: Guide for parliamentary practice

2021-04-08T14:45:53+00:00April 8th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Parliaments, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

This guide for parliamentary practice outlines an approach to assessing the implementation and the impact of climate and environmental legislation at national level. Download Post-legislative scrunity of climate and environment legislation: Guide for parliamentary practice Summary of the guide Parliaments have a key role in responding to the clear, present danger posed by current rates [...]

Legislative leadership in the time of COVID-19

2021-01-19T13:03:39+00:00January 19th, 2021|Democracy and Governance, Parliamentary, Parliaments, Research|

Legislatures are central to modern democratic politics, holding governments to account, and scrutinising legislation in order to generate more effective public policy. Yet during moments of crisis, legislatures are often bypassed as presidents and prime ministers prioritise a rapid response. The concern that legislatures will be marginalised, with greater power concentrated in the hands of [...]

Parliaments: the missing piece?

2020-12-09T10:26:17+00:00December 9th, 2020|Democracy Matters, Fragile and Conflict Affected States, Parliamentary, Parliaments|

This blog was first published by PSA Parliaments: The UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments. Read the full report by  Professor Nina Caspersen and Dr Gyda Sindre at the University of York.  Since 1992, Westminster Foundation for Democracy has supported democratic systems as they emerge out of conflict and into peace and stability. Currently, we [...]

Young parliamentarians at the heart of advancing youth interests in Nigeria

2020-11-20T11:44:23+00:00November 20th, 2020|Parliamentary, Parliaments, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

A healthy democracy needs to include everyone in decision-making processes and structures of governance. However, in many parts of the world young people, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) have often been relegated to the side-lines. At WFD, we believe that there are endless possibilities and opportunities that can be realized when all people are [...]

Transitioning to peace in a pandemic

2020-11-17T11:02:11+00:00November 11th, 2020|Parliaments, Political Parties, Women’s Political Leadership|

If COVID-19 hit some of the world’s ‘old democracies’ hard, how about its impact on a fledgling, transitional authority emerging from decades of violent conflict? The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao, a new devolved administration in the Southern Philippines, was one year into a complex transition period when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Following [...]

Financial Accountability Series

2020-11-05T16:55:50+00:00November 5th, 2020|Financial oversight, Parliaments|

How governments spend taxpayers' money is too important to be left unchecked. Elected representatives, especially at a time of great pressure on state budgets, must be empowered to scrutinise and control spending decisions. To help them do this, Westminster Foundation for Democracy is launching a new series of policy briefs on parliaments and managing public [...]

Can sunset clauses live up to their promise?

2020-10-26T17:47:00+00:00October 27th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Parliaments|

COVID-19 emergency legislation is often fast-tracked, approved without much parliamentary scrutiny, expanding executive powers while limiting individual rights. Can sunset clauses provide a counterbalance by guaranteeing the temporary nature of the COVID-19 emergency legislation? Experience from anti-terrorism legislation suggests that sunset clauses may reinject democratic accountability, but only if there is a high quality and [...]

Sexual and gender equality: moving beyond myths and fears in policy discussions

2020-09-09T07:50:59+00:00September 9th, 2020|Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Parliaments, Political Parties|

This briefing for parliamentarians and policymakers is a resource for informed parliamentary debates on sexual and gender equality. It provides an overview of terminology around LGBT+ persons and their rights. It addresses common myths and arguments used by policymakers and in parliamentary equality debates to maintain the status quo when it comes to criminalisation, access [...]

Five compelling reasons for parliamentary involvement in public debt management

2020-07-16T07:02:42+00:00July 16th, 2020|Parliamentary, Parliaments|

By Geoff Dubrow, Public Financial Management Expert On July 14th, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) released its new brief, entitled “The Role of Parliament in Public Debt Management Weathering the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond”. Here are five compelling arguments, discussed in the brief, for parliamentary involvement in public debt management. #1: GETTING THE FULL [...]