Does the House of Lords do a good job?
This week we will examine the functions and composition of the House of Lords. We will ask what the Lords does, whether it does a good job, and how it might change in future. We will also critically assess the role of the Lords in modern democratic Britain.
Seminar – The House of Commons
What resources are available to Members of the House of Commons to scrutinise the executive effectively?
Under what circumstances is rebellion by Members of the House of Commons most likely to be effective?
Does the House of Commons make a difference?
EBP Chapter 8, pp.214-217.
M. Russell, A Stronger Second Chamber? Assessing the Impact of House of Lords Reform in 1999 and the Lessons for Bicameralism Political Studies, 2010, 58, 5: 866-85.
I. McLean et al, None of the Above: The UK House of Commons Votes on Reforming the House of Lords, February 2003, Political Quarterly, 2003, 74: 3: 298-310.
H. Bochel, and A. Defty, A Question of Expertise: the House of Lords and Welfare Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, 2010, 63, 1: 66-84.
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