Our Book of the Month choice for May

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

Jo Gardner selecting a book from the book shelves in the SSL.

May’s Book of the Month was selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations.

Cover of the book 'Deliberative accountability in parliamentary committees' A rosette is on the top which says 'SSL Book of the Month.'


Deliberative accountability in parliamentary committees

By Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Available on our shelves at JN329.SCH 2022

Also available as an eBook.




It was chosen because it makes a timely contribution to studies of parliaments and how economic policy is debated in public.

Book Overview

This book looks closely at the content, conduct and motivations underpinning select committee hearings of the UK Parliament. The author’s central case study is economic policy, which is timely given the economic challenges we face in the UK and beyond. It also addresses questions of trust in political elites and institutions.


“Overall, this is an excellent book. It is wide-ranging both in its content and in its contributions. I am very excited to see what research Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey turns to next.”
Dr Marc Geddes, University of Edinburgh

 “The book is undoubtedly a must-read for all those interested in democratic governance, the quality of accountability, and deliberation in contemporary societies.”
Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore and Chatham House

“The strength of Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey’s excellent new book on deliberative accountability – ‘the reason-giving by policymakers for their policy decisions’ (p. 222) – is that it poses an old political science question but answers it in a new way.”
Stephen Holden Bates, University of Birmingham

How can I access it?

This title is available to consult in hard copy and as an eBook. The hard copy is currently on display in on new books display area. For those with borrowing rights, it can be borrowed from the library. Its shelfmark, when returned to the shelves, is JN329.SCH 2022 For the eBook, access it from a Bodleian Library computer or use it remotely, by logging on to SOLO with your SSO.

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