Governing under pressure : the mental well-being of politicians

Flinders, M, Weinberg, A ORCID:, Weinberg, J., Geddes, M and Kwiatkowski, R 2020, 'Governing under pressure : the mental well-being of politicians' , Parliamentary Affairs, 73 (2) , pp. 253-273.

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Access Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Parliamentary Affairs following peer review. The version of record Matthew Flinders, Ashley Weinberg, James Weinberg, Marc Geddes, Richard Kwiatkowski, Governing under Pressure? The Mental Wellbeing of Politicians, Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 73, Issue 2, April 2020, Pages 253–273 is available online at:


Despite the singular importance of the work of national politicians in creating legislation, representing constituents and holding government to account, relatively little work has been done concerning their wellbeing and psychological health. There are unique, as well as universal, stressors that impact upon politicians; a neglect of these issues has profound consequences for those individuals and wider democracy. We propose a ‘taxonomy of stressors’ as a starting point for further inter-disciplinary and comparative research, and argue that it offers analytical leverage vis-à-vis a far broader set of debates concerning the future of representative democracy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a collaboration between the fields of psychology and political science in an under-researched area
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0031-2290
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Depositing User: A Weinberg
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:21

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