Introduction-Parliaments: More professional than ever

Ken Coghill

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Abstract

Enhancing the capabilities of parliamentarians through greater education and training is both a sign of increasing professionalization of the occupation and a necessary condition for the professionalization of the institution. The four distinct functions of the parliament and the unique responsibilities and qualities of parliamentarians as public officers, whose position descriptions are nonetheless ill-defined, combine to create peculiar challenges in the design and delivery of professional development programs. This chapter introduces the themes addressed by the contributors of this edition, which reflect the diverse backgrounds and range of skills related to improving the functioning and effectiveness of parliaments and parliamentarians.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParliamentarians' Professional Development
Subtitle of host publicationThe Need for Reform
EditorsColleen Lewis, Ken Coghill
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319241814
ISBN (Print)9783319241791
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePublic Administration, Governance and Globalization
PublisherSpringer
Volume16

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