Parliamentary casework in socio-legal perspective: a case study of complaint handling by Members of the Scottish Parliament

Gill, C. (2023) Parliamentary casework in socio-legal perspective: a case study of complaint handling by Members of the Scottish Parliament. Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, 43(1), pp. 71-100. (doi: 10.1515/zfrs-2023-2004)

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This article is concerned with parliamentary casework, the process through which parliamentarians deal with individual problems raised by their constituents. Casework has principally been studied by political scientists, and the article makes a case for the value in adopting a socio-legal approach. In doing so, one of the article’s contributions is to propose a distinctively sociolegal framing of the issues, along with a series of research questions to define the field and guide future study. The value of a socio-legal approach is demonstrated through a case study examining the casework of Members of the Scottish Parliament. The case study findings allow for a number of substantive contributions to be made to the casework literature. These include: providing a more granular account of parliamentarians’ casework role; highlighting the critical importance of casework staff to the delivery of casework; and showing the limited connections between casework and other parliamentary roles. The major contribution of the article is to propose a model of parliamentary casework which seeks to identify its key features as a mechanism of grievance resolution, highlighting how it connects to, and is distinct from, other forms of legal and administrative redress.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gill, Professor Chris
Authors: Gill, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN (Online):2366-0392
Published Online:08 July 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 Walter de Gruyter GmbH
First Published:First published in Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 43(1): 71-100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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