Indicator: 1.9 Representative role of members of parliament

The representative role is a core function of parliament and of MPs. This indicator focuses on two key aspects of that representative role: the interaction between MPs and the people they represent, and the role of the opposition. The common thread is that parliament should be the place where opinions across society, in all their diversity, are expressed. Democracy Democracy The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is held either by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves. Also, a basic right of citizenship to be exercised under conditions of freedom, equality, transparency and responsibility, with due respect for the plurality of views, and in the interest of the polity. is an inclusive process in which all citizens – men and women – representing all political and social forces in the country can participate. 

For indicators and dimensions relating to parliament’s overall representativeness, see also Indicator 7.1: Electoral integrity, Indicator 7.2: Composition of parliament and Dimension 7.3.3: Gender and age balance in parliamentary bodies.

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