The Whip in the House: Rituals of Social Control in Parliament and in Society
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Biko Agozino
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University Blacksburg, VA, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: Janaury 07, 2015; Accepted Date: April 21, 2015; Published Date: May 12, 2015
Citation: Agozino B (2015) The Whip in the House: Rituals of Social Control in Parliament and in Society. Social Crimonol 3:118. doi: 10.4172/2375-4435.1000118
Copyright: © 2015 Agozino B. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This paper will attempt a comparison of the role of the Chief Whip or its equivalent in Caribbean, British and Canadian Parliamentary systems of government with similar offices in the US legislature. This office originated with the need to ‘whip in’ members of parliament from wherever they might be to save a crucial vote in a divided house. This office has since acquired the connotations of the disciplinarian who whips members into the party line even while managing to keep the party cohesive through persuasion and rewards for loyalty and rarely exercising the option of excluding members who often resign by themselves or even change allegiance although most of the rebels lose at the next election. The paper will explore the role of the whip from country to country and the implications of such differences and analogies for theories of power and social control.