Reimagining parliamentary representation

Judge, David; Judge, David and Leston-Bandeira, Cristina, eds. (2024) Reimagining parliamentary representation. In: Reimagining Parliament. Bristol University Press, Bristol, pp. 48-64. ISBN 9781529227024 (

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The starting premise of this chapter is that a reimagining of parliamentary representation requires a systemic view of representation. This invokes some notion of an interlocking of electoral modes with non-electoral modes of representation within a system of democratic parliamentarism. Analysis of current imaginings of this system leads to the identification of its key underpinning foundational principles: inclusion, equality, responsiveness and unity/collectivity. A reimagined UK parliament based on these principles should serve, therefore, as a key focal point of broader networks of representation. This requires a reimagining of the existing ‘electoral representative form’ through, for example, changing formal electoral institutions, institutionalising the interconnection of parliamentary and non-electoral modes of representation, and deploying new digital technologies to maximise the relationship between representatives and represented. In essence, the chapter concludes that a reimagination of parliamentary representation should be systemic in scope, cumulative in approach and expansive in its ambition.