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The Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian Archives

The CPA Headquarters Secretariat holds physical archives of The Parliamentarian, first published in 1920, at its London offices. 

Below are the digital archives of The Parliamentarian (2015-2021). The digital version of the publication can also be accessed on the e-reader ISSUU platform by clicking here

If you are interested in accessing the archives of the publication (1920-2021) please email editor@cpahq.org.

The Parliamentarian - Recent Issues

The Parliamentarian: 2021 Issue Two - Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming

Out now! The digital edition of The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments examining the 2021 Commonwealth theme of ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ and highlighting how Commonwealth Parliaments are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of their biggest goals.

This issue features articles on a wide range of topics from health to education and sustainable development to social media by the Speaker of India as well as contributors from Jersey, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, The Gambia, Sri Lanka and the UK.

The Parliamentarian: 2021 Issue One - 40th anniversary of CPA Small Branches

This digital edition marks the 40th anniversary of the CPA Small Branches in 2021 and looks at the diverse and unique issues and challenges affecting the smallest jurisdictions in the Commonwealth. We also feature articles on the fight against malaria in the Commonwealth; setting up a virtual Parliament during COVID-19; representation of young women in politics; and developing a new Commonwealth Parliamentary Communications network.

The Parliamentarian 2020 Issue Four - Social Media and Democracy in the Commonwealth

This digital edition examines the role of social media and technology in democratic governance. In recent years and in particular during the current global pandemic, Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures have increased their use of social media to connect with citizens. What is the impact of social media on parliamentary democracy? This issue features articles by the Speakers of Kenya, Alberta and the Cook Islands; MPs from Canada, Pakistan, Tanzania, Cameroon, India and the United Kingdom as well as international experts and partners.

The Parliamentarian 2020 Issue Three - United Nations at 75: The Commonwealth and the UN

This digital edition marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and explores the relationship between the Commonwealth and the UN. This issue features articles on the Commonwealth and the UN by eminent international commentators and experts as well as features by the UN Secretary General’s Global Youth Envoy, UN Women, UNDP, IPU and the Speaker of the Parliament of India.

The Parliamentarian 2020 Issue Two - Parliaments responses to COVID-19

This digital edition features a special report on Commonwealth Parliaments responses to the COVID-19 Coronavirus global pandemic. This issue also features articles on tackling modern slavery in the Commonwealth; parliamentary oversight in Small States; and Commonwealth road safety.

The Parliamentarian - Archived Issues (2015-2021)

The Parliamentarian 2020 Issue One - Centenary Issue (1920-2020)

The Parliamentarian is the quarterly Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. This centenary issue marks one hundred years of publishing. Articles feature Commonwealth and international affairs.

The Parliamentarian 2019 Issue Four - 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Issue

This Conference Issue reports from the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda on the theme of 'Adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth'.

The Parliamentarian: 2019 Issue Three - The Commonwealth and global affairs in 21st century

This issue of the publication asks if the Commonwealth adds political value to global affairs in the 21st century.

The Parliamentarian 2019 Issue Two - Commonwealth at 70

This issue of the publication examines the Commonwealth at 70 and the theme of 'A Connected Commonwealth'.

The Parliamentarian 2019 Issue One - Women and Parliament: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians at 30

As The Parliamentarian begins its 100th year of publishing, this special issue marks the 30th anniversary of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and examines the successes and barriers to women's equal representation in Commonwealth Parliaments.

The Parliamentarian 2018 Issue Four - Human rights in the modern era

This special issue of The Parliamentarian focuses on human rights in the modern era and celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

The Parliamentarian 2018 Issue Three - Democracy, development and diversity in the Commonwealth

This issue of The Parliamentarian features articles on democracy, development and diversity in the Commonwealth.

The Parliamentarian 2018 Issue Two - Post-CHOGM 2018

This issue of the publication reports on the events of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom in 2018 with outcomes, news and images of the events in London; also news from Commonwealth Parliamentary Association activities including the Commonwealth Youth Parliament.

The Parliamentarian 2018 Issue One - Looking ahead to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

This issue of the publication looks ahead to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2018 and the many global topics die to be discussed as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General's aspirations for the CHOGM.

The Parliamentarian 2017 Issue Four - 63th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Issue

This issue of the publication features reports and news from the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh as well as reports from the first CPA Disabilities Conference.

The Parliamentarian 2017 Issue Three - Shared interests in Commonwealth Parliaments

This issue of the publication features articles on the challenges facing CPA Small Branches. 

The Parliamentarian 2017 Issue Two - Women and Parliament

This issue of the publication features articles on Women and Parliament as well as reports from Commonwealth Day 2017.

The Parliamentarian 2017 Issue One - 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Issue

This issue of The Parliamentarian features reports and outcomes from the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London, UK.

The Parliamentarian 2016 Issue Four - An Inclusive Commonwealth and Youth Engagement

This issue of The Parliamentarian features a wide range of topics including youth engagement and the Commonwealth Youth Parliament. 

The Parliamentarian 2016 Issue Three - Commonwealth trade and the implications of 'Brexit'

This issue of The Parliamentarian looks at many different aspects of Commonwealth trade and the potential implications of 'Brexit' for the Commonwealth as well as articles on Parliament and the media and parliamentary privilege.

The Parliamentarian 2016 Issue Two - Separation of Powers

This issue of The Parliamentarian features articles on the relationship between Parliament, the Judiciary and the Government - the Separation of Powers. Also Parliamentarians' role in defending human rights and emergency preparedness for Parliaments.

The Parliamentarian 2016 Issue One - Climate Change in the Commonwealth

This issue of the publication looks at Climate Change in the Commonwealth and examines what will be the impact of COP21 on the Commonwealth amongst many other topics.

The Parliamentarian 2015 Issue Four - Democracy and Pluralism

The theme for this issue of The Parliamentarian is Democracy and Pluralism.

The Parliamentarian 2015 Issue Three - Elections and Voting Reform

This issue of The Parliamentarian looks at elections and voting reform in the Commonwealth as well as election networks, combatting terrorism and looking ahead to CHOGM 2015 in Malta.

The Parliamentarian 2015 Issue Two - Rights in the modern age

This issue of The Parliamentarian looks at rights in the modern age. The publication also features articles on the international legacy of Magna Carta, children's rights in Jamaica and the right to representative democracy in Norfolk Island.

The Parliamentarian 2015 Issue One - Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

This issue of The Parliamentarian focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals as well as cross-border terrorism, representation of women in British Columbia and aboriginal representation in Northern Territory.