The contemporary House of Lords : Westminster bicameralism revived / Meg Russell
- Russell, Meg
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- Six key questions about the House of Lords -- What do we already know? -- Sources, methods and style -- Structure, and how to use this book -- Context -- 2.A Brief History of the House of Lords -- In the beginning 14 -- The Lords and the origins of parliamentary government -- Controversies, abolition and a new settlement: the Lords in the 17th century -- An increasingly political House: the 18th century -- The growth of democracy: the Lords in the 19th century -- Pressures for reform: the Lords in the 20th century -- Reform in the 21st century -- Conclusion: Continuity and change in the Lords -- 3.Bicameralism in Theory and Comparative Perspective -- The history of bicameralism internationally -- Modern justifications of bicameralism -- The extent of bicameralism today -- The composition of second chambers -- The powers of second chambers -- Some general lessons about bicameralism -- Conclusion: The Lords in comparative perspective -- The Post-1999 House Of Lords -- 4.A Brief Introduction to the Contemporary House of Lords -- Membership of the contemporary House of Lords -- Routes into the Lords -- What kind of people sit in the Lords? -- Key functions of the Lords -- The powers of the Lords -- The Lords' ethos and organization -- Administration and support for members -- The Lords' image, outreach and communications -- Conclusion: A chamber of paradoxes -- 5.Political Actors in the Lords -- The main groups in the Lords -- Attendance, voting and voting cohesion -- Who has political impact? -- Conclusion: New dynamics in a `no overall control' chamber -- 6.The Lords as a Barrier to Government: Legislative Defeats -- The legislative process in the Lords -- The quantity and timing of Lords defeats -- The Lords and delegated legislation -- The nature of Lords defeats -- To what extent are Lords defeats overturned in the Commons? -- Factors associated with successful Lords defeats -- Case studies of defeats -- Conclusion: Defeats and the policy power of the Lords -- 7.Negotiated Outcomes and the Wider Legislative Impact of the Lords -- Quantitative analysis of Lords amendments to government bills -- Government handling of bills in the Lords -- Six modes of Lords legislative debate -- Private members' bills in the Lords -- Conclusion: A key site of legislative negotiation -- 8.Non-legislative Policy Work -- Written and oral questions -- General policy debates in the House of Lords -- Lords committees -- Conclusion: Non-legislative activity and the influence of the House of Lords -- 9.Is the House of Lords `Legitimate'? Attitudes Towards the Chamber -- Legitimacy and bicameralism -- Legitimacy and debates about the Lords -- What does `legitimacy' mean? -- Evidence on key groups' views on Lords legitimacy -- Conclusion: A `more legitimate' House? -- The Future -- 10.The Politics of Lords Reform -- What's wrong with the House of Lords? -- The long road to Lords reform since 1999 -- Issues that confound `wholesale' Lords reform -- Options for more incremental changes -- Conclusion: Lords reform, large and small -- 11.Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics and Legislative Bicameralism -- The House of Lords: `Unreformed' or `reformed'? -- The House of Lords and contrasts with the House of Commons -- The House of Lords and contemporary British politics -- The House of Lords and legitimacy -- The House of Lords and legislative bicameralism -- The House of Lords and its future.
- Painting a detailed portrait of the House of Lords since reform removed most hereditary members in 1999, this book demonstrates the chamber's newly diverse membership and substantial policy impact in British politics. It also places the Lords in a comparative context, asks if it can be considered 'legitimate' and examines the likelihood of reform.
- 9780191751776 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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