Parliamentarians’ Professional Development

The Need for Reform

  • Colleen Lewis
  • Ken Coghill

Part of the Public Administration, Governance and Globalization book series (PAGG, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Human Resource Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Peter Holland, Rachel Lenders
      Pages 37-55
  3. The State of Play: Where to From Here

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Ken Coghill
      Pages 77-99
  4. International Case Studies

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Colleen Lewis
      Pages 201-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-213

About this book


This book addresses the education and training of Members of Parliament (MPs). It examines existing training programs offered in various countries around the world, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses and makes recommendations for a new approach, which aligns the professional development of MPs to 21st century requirements. Contributors address the role of parliamentarians, how to prepare them for their multi-faceted functions, the importance of ethics in any program, the requirement for more sophisticated adult learning approaches, human resource implications and the need to reform existing education and training models.  The book will appeal to scholars in the fields of political science, adult education and human resource management, as well as to parliamentarians interested in enhancing their skills so as to perform more efficiently and effectively.


Human Resource Management Learning Member of Parliament Parliamentarians Parliaments Training Programs

Editors and affiliations

  • Colleen Lewis
    • 1
  • Ken Coghill
    • 2
  1. 1.National Centre for Australian Studies, Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Dept. of Mgmt., Monash Business SchoolMonash University Dept. of Mgmt., Monash Business SchoolMelbourneAustralia

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