Nolan's legacy: regulating parliamentary conduct in democratising Europe

Dávid-Barrett, Elizabeth (2015) Nolan's legacy: regulating parliamentary conduct in democratising Europe. Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (3). pp. 514-532. ISSN 0031-2290

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Abstract

Codes of conduct are used widely in both public administration and industry by organisations seeking to regulate the behaviour of their members and promote adherence to a set of standards. In legislatures, the introduction of codes has gathered pace in recent years, driven either by a perceived need to respond to a corruption scandal or, especially in Eastern Europe, by international efforts to promote democracy and reduce corruption. This article sets out a theoretical case for the conditions in which codes are likely to be effective instruments of regulation. It suggests that a supportive culture of informal institutions is critical but unlikely to prevail in most democratising societies. However, the process of introducing codes may help to create the appropriate conditions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0018 Council of Europe
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1601 Austria. Hungary
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN6500 Soviet Union. Russia. Former Soviet Republics
Depositing User: Elizabeth David-Barrett
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 11:40
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 15:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51486
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