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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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Defining the office of Prime Minister

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:36 +0000

The British Prime Minister has extensive and growing powers, yet the role is ill-defined in UK constitutional documents. Graham Allen argues in favour of clarifying the role of the Prime Minister. He also suggests it should become a directly elected office, to ensure that it is properly answerable to the UK public. It is symptomatic of the British […]

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Pressures are growing for Commons bill committee reform

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:54 +0000

In June 2013 the Constitution Unit published Fitting the Bill: Bringing Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice, proposing a series of changes to Commons bill committees. Last week the issue was brought back into the headlines, as John Bercow emphasised the need for reform. Last Monday at a lecture for the Study of Parliament […]

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Concerns about the Steel/Byles Lords reform bill: a summary

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:01:07 +0000

David Steel’s Lords reform bill (previously sponsored in the Commons by Dan Byles) had its second reading in the chamber on Friday. Last night the Constitution Unit and Constitution Society jointly hosted a meeting in the Lords to discuss concerns about the bill. Its main provisions – allowing peers to retire, and for the expulsion of serious criminals – have […]

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