Capacity building for new parliamentarians: survey of orientation and induction programmes

Kenneth Alastair Coghill, Ross David Donohue, Peter Jeffrey Holland, Andy Richardson, Cristina Neesham

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This article reports original research which built on conceptual issues previously identified by the authors. A survey of national parliaments sought information on orientation and induction programmes offered to first term members and on members' perceptions of those programmes. An overview of findings is presented and significant issues identified. Most programmes provided passive development through information and a handbook rather than active skill development. Few used training processes and techniques that were based on contemporary adult learning principles. There were sharp divisions over training and development in dealing with ethical issues. The findings suggest considerable potential for the further development of programmes and for sharing information about programmes in order to assist capacity building for parliamentarians and thereby enhance the performance of parliaments and individual members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-534
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Legislative Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Capacity building
  • Induction
  • Orientation
  • Parliamentary studies
  • Professional development
  • Training

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