What was the impact of the UK MPs’ Expenses scandal of May 2009? Was it caused by FOI? Did it change how people voted? Did it reduce trust in MPs? This new book looks at why the MPs’ Expenses may not actually have been the biggest event since 1832.
Actually, as this sample chapter sets out
…despite some early predictions, the scandal was limited in its impact: the purported ‘revolution’ never occurred. We briefly review the comparative literature on the political impact of scandal, which illustrates why the effects of scandals are usually limited and reasons why voters may choose not to punish malfeasant politicians. We situate this scandal against other international scandals, highlighting similarities and differences in the effects of scandal depending on cultural contexts. The chapter illustrates the mediated nature of the scandal and how it is best understood as comprised of not only the acts of politicians themselves, but as a series of moves and counter-moves by the press and other actors.
My draft article from the book looks specifically at the role of FOI Worthy FOI and MPs’ Expenses. You can also see my five year retrospective here . The draft of chapter is also available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2564491