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Exploring the substantive representation of non-humans in UK parliamentary business: a legislative functions perspective of animal welfare petitions, 2010-19

Chaney, Paul, Jones, Ian Rees and Fevre, Ralph 2021. Exploring the substantive representation of non-humans in UK parliamentary business: a legislative functions perspective of animal welfare petitions, 2010-19. Parliamentary Affairs , gsab036. 10.1093/pa/gsab036

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Abstract

This study is concerned with the substantive representation of non-human species in parliamentary business. It applies Leston-Bandeira’s legislative functions perspective (LFP) to a data set of 2500 public petitions on animal welfare, submitted over three terms of the UK parliament. The wider significance of this work lies in: (i) underlining the utility of the LFP to petitions analysis; (ii) showing that, while few directly secure policy change, e-petitions perform valuable legislative functions including campaigning, scrutiny and policy-influencing roles, foremost of which is linkage and fostering citizen engagement in parliamentary business. And (iii) Showing how, over the past decade, public petitions have significantly contributed to the increasing salience of animal welfare in UK politics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 0031-2290
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 28 April 2021
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 08:20
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140801

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