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VIDEO: Meg Russell's UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on 'Does parliament matter?'

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Speaker: Professor Meg Russell
9th October 2014

Many people dismiss the Westminster parliament as an ineffective 'talking shop', and similar allegations are commonplace about parliaments in other democracies. But based on substantial research Meg Russell argues that Westminster is influential - and almost certainly increasingly so. Her lecture seeks to dispel some common misconceptions about how parliamentary institutions work, in the UK and beyond.

VIDEO: Succession to the Crown of Canada – The Court Challenge and the Consequences

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Speaker: Professor Anne Twomey

18th September 2014

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Is a federal Britain now inevitable?

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:00:33 +0000

Federalism has rarely been seen as an attractive option by the British political class. Yet it may be the only solution to the deep imbalances which will come with radical new powers for the Scottish Parliament if the Smith Commission proposals are implemented, writes Stephen Tierney. The Smith Commission Report issued on Thursday promises a restructuring of the […]

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“The Profession I chose was Politics”: The New Generation of ‘Political Insiders’

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:00:56 +0000

Chrysa Lamprinakou looks at the the occupational background and pre-parliamentary political experience of 2015 candidates and indicates the cohort so far reaffirms the increasing level of professionalisation of the political class.  The argument that Parliament is more and more unrepresentative of society has been primarily linked to the socio-economic and educational background of MPs. Tim Wigmore at New […]

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“A good place to work?” What Commons staff think of House governance

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:00:46 +0000

Barry K Winetrobe examines one aspect of the current committee inquiry into House of Commons governance following the Clerk appointment fiasco. Evidence submitted by House staff reveals much which may be unsettling for House managers and MPs, but is ultimately good for the House itself. ‘We seek to ensure that the House of Commons is […]

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