Governing under pressure? The mental wellbeing of politicians

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

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 26 December 2020.

Download (301kB) | Request a copy
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 output is also available at:
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0031-2290
Related URLs:
Depositing User: A Weinberg
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 14:19
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 14:19

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year