Disorder in the "frustration" parliaments of thatcherite Britain

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There was a marked increase in disorder in the British House of Commons during Mrs Thatcher’s tenure of office. In a legislature traditionally renowned for its ‘temper of moderation and fair play‘ and its usual good behaviour, there was growing concern at the extent of disorderly behaviour. This concern prompted a Procedure Committee investigation into the conduct of MPs in the chamber and led some commentators to argue that the level of disorder constituted a threat to representative democracy in Britain. This article examines the increased scale of unruliness and the main variables used to explain this increase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-553
Number of pages21
JournalPolitical Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1992


  • politics
  • Mrs Thatcher
  • British politics
  • House of Commons


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