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Shirin M Rai published an article - Political Performance: A Framework for Analysing Democratic Politics - that develops a framework to examine the co-constitutive nature of performance and politics and to suggest that such a framework is critical to promoting an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our complex political world. She also published an article on the aesthetics of politics - Political Aesthetics of the Nation - examining the murals, portraits and statues in the Indian parliament -

Shirin M Rai and Janelle Reinelt edited The Grammar of Politics and Performance (2015), Routledge, Intervention Series, which builds on the work of GCRP and Theatre Studies and develops an interdisciplinary approach to the study of politics and political institutions.

Shirin M Rai and Rachel E Johnson edited Democracy in Practice:Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament

Carole Spary and Shirin M. Rai co-edited a Special Issue of the journal Democratization on one of the themes of GCRP - Disruptive Democracy - Analysing Legislative Protest. It can be accessed here

GCRP Advisory Board Member Emma Crewe speaks on MPs in the House of Commons

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A Bibliographical Guide: Gendered Cermony & Ritual in Parliament

Compiled by Rachel E. Johnson

Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament book

Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament

Edited by Shirin M. Rai

Series: Library of Legislative Studies

ISBN: 041555098X


Working papers

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Pedestrian crossings: contemporary judicial spectacle

Leslie J. Morgan

Imagining pasts and futures: the Indian Parliament Murals and South Africa’s Keiskamma Tapestry

Rachel Johnson & Shirin M. Rai

Beyond the politics of representation: the political economy of indigenous art in postcolonial India

Rashmi Varma


'Prime Minister's questions as political ritual' 

British Politics
:3 (2012)

Journal of Legislative Studies

'Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament' 

Special Issue

The Journal of Legislative Studies
16:3 (2010)


Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 'Performing Ethno - Linguistic Representation: a Study of Indian Parliamentary Ceremony and Ritual'

Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
16:3 (2010), 311-336

Newsletters and digests

Journal of Legislative Studies

'Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament' 

Special Issue

The Journal of Legislative Studies
16:3 (2010)