May 1, 2014

US v. UK

One of the most notable changes in British Politics in the past decade, is the growing Independence of Members of Parliament. Historically, MPs followed the Party Whips as Party support was essential to preferment. As a consequence of these changes, many political scientists in the UK have tended to devote their attention to studying the executive rather than the legislature.

While several academics have written about this phenomenon – none has put forward, or even attempted to put forward, a coherent thesis to explain the rise in MP independence. This comparative discussion helped illustrate clear trends that have led to the decline in partisan voting, the growth in the number of ‘safe seats’, increasing lobbing activity in Parliament and the rise in importance of Parliamentary Committees.


In the USA

In the UK