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Led by Prof Meg Russell

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The Changing Role of the House of Lords Post-1999

FINANCIAL PRIVILEGE

  • Research into the House of Commons' use of financial privilege against amendments passed to legislation in the Lords.

Legislative Committees at Westminster: The Case for Reform

  • Meg Russell and Phil Larkin's comparative project on the role and operation of Legislative Committees.

The Social Psychology of Political Elites

  • Meg Russell's exploratory work which seeks new, interdisciplinary ways to explain the behaviour of parliamentarians. We have also made available the first paper produced as a result of research in this area. 

The Policy Impact of Parliament

A workstream which brings together researchers assessing different aspects of parliament's policy impact, including two in-house projects on:

The Impact of Parliament on Legislation - A new major research project on the legislative process which considers the impact of parliament on legislation before and after coalition government, building upon our original pilot project into the legislative process behind the Identity Cards Bill.

  • The Policy Impact of Select Committees - A collaboration between Constitution Unit and Select Committee staff which combines interviews with data collection and analysis of the impact of committee inquiries and recommendations. Our final report, released in 2011, concluded that Select Committees influence government by, among other things, 'generating fear'. Launch details and download

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‘English Votes for English Laws’ —a viable answer to the English Question?

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:00:15 +0000

Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny outline the government’s detailed proposals for introducing EVEL that were published last Thursday. They argue that, while incremental and modest in some respects, the proposals do raise wider points of constitutional principle which suggest English Votes could be the start rather than the end of a much longer process of […]

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The age of the new Parliament

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:05:31 +0000

The 2015 general election saw the election of the youngest MP since 1832. Chrysa Lamprinakou draws on Parliamentary Candidates UK data to highlight the slow but steady downward shift in the age at which MPs start their careers and the variation across parties. In our previous blog, we discussed the new Parliament’s composition in terms of gender […]

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The new opposition: How will SNP MPs influence Westminster politics?

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:59:53 +0000

Louise Thompson argues that the constitutional challenges we will see over the next 5 years will be a product of the changed composition of Parliament. Here, she specifically considers how SNP are likely to try and amend proposed constitutional reforms announced in the Queen’s Speech last week. We are only a couple of weeks in to the 2015 […]

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Meg Russell's new book, The Contemporary House of Lords:
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