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Led by Dr 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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“The precious centre of our Parliamentary democracy”: Commons governance after the Clerk appointment affair

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:52 +0000

Barry K Winetrobe examines the current controversy over the appointment of a new Clerk of the House of Commons, and the lessons it has for the better management and governance of the House. It is exactly a year since I posted a piece on this blog on how the Commons could use the Government defeat […]

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Lords appointments urgently need reforming: but how?

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:37 +0000

The appointment of new peers last week has pushed the size of the Lords to its greatest since it was last reformed in 1999. Meg Russell highlights the issues behind having such a large and ‘unruly’ Upper House and argues the situation has now reached crisis point. Reform to both allow existing peers to depart […]

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The Lords Leader and Cabinet controversies

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:30:11 +0000

The Prime Minister has angered peers by appointing Baroness Stowell as Leader of the House of Lords without appointing her to the Cabinet. In a scathing debate last Monday David Cameron was criticised for diminishing the status of the Lords Leader, and thus the chamber itself. Meg Russell and Robert Hazell highlight that the row, and […]

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