Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

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    Smile or smirk? Why nonverbal behaviour matters in parliamentary hearings

Smile or smirk? Why nonverbal behaviour matters in parliamentary hearings

When witnesses appear before select committees, Hansard records their words, but not their expressions. Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey analysed nonverbal behaviour in 12 economic policy committee hearings. She argues that gestures, expressions and tone may be pivotal in whether a policymaker’s arguments are accepted.
When political scientists study parliamentary behaviour, the usual focus is on votes, coalitions, floor debates and legislation itself. […]

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    Why Too Much Transparency is a Bad Thing: The Warsh Review on Transparency in the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee

Why Too Much Transparency is a Bad Thing: The Warsh Review on Transparency in the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee

Following the review of the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) transparency practices and procedures, the Bank of England today published a report by former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh. Warsh makes five broad recommendations for creating a balance between the demand for greater transparency and the intrinsic defence of genuine deliberation as the foundation for sound policymaking. Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey finds the […]