Democracy in Practice

Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament

  • Shirin M. Rai
  • Rachel E. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introducing Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament

    1. Rachel E. Johnson, Shirin M. Rai
      Pages 1-17
  3. Performing Representation

  4. Deliberation and Disruption

  5. Symbolic Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Rachel E. Johnson, Faith Armitage, Carole Spary
      Pages 251-270
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-275

About this book


This collection makes a compelling case for the importance of studying ceremony and ritual in deepening our understanding of modern democratic parliaments. It reveals through rich case studies that modes of behaviour, the negotiation of political and physical spaces and the creation of specific institutional cultures, underpin democracy in practice


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shirin M. Rai
    • 1
  • Rachel E. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of WarwickUK
  2. 2.History DepartmentDurham UniversityUK

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