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Crewe, Emma (2014) 'Westminster parliamentarians: Performing Politics.' In: Rai, Shirin M. and Johnson, Rachel E., (eds.), Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 40-59.

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Abstract

My aim is to explore the work of Westminster Members of Parliament (MPs) in parliament and constituencies and convey both the diversity and dynamism of their political performances.1 Rather than contrasting MPs with an idealised version of what they might be, I interpret MPs’ work as I see it. If I have any moral and political intent, it is to argue that disenchantment with politics is misdirected — we should target our critiques at politicians in government rather than in their parliamentary role — and to call for fuller citizens’ engagement with political processes.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Political Party, Deliberative Practice, Select Committee, Practical Judgement, Power, Hierarchy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISBN: 9781137361905
Copyright Statement: © Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014 This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Rai, Shirin M. and Johnson, Rachel E., (eds.), Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 40-59 https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137361912_3
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137361912_3
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 10:07
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/34871

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