The Constitution Unit's work on Parliament is led by Professor Meg Russell
Ongoing research on the strength, legitimacy, influence and membership of the House of Lords, including a record of all defeats in the Lords from 2005 to present. View the House of Lords Project Page or view our records of all government defeats in the House of Lords.
A major research project on the legislative process which considers the impact of parliament on legislation before and after coalition government.
Research into the House of Commons' use of financial privilege against amendments passed to legislation in the Lords.
Meg Russell's comparative project on the role and operation of Legislative 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
Meg Russell & Tom Semlyen
Archive of earlier work on Parliament
A list of all our parliament research projects is here.
Parliament on the blog
Thursday, 26 November 2015
The UK parliament continues to be dismissed as powerless in many academic and popular accounts. Drawing on a large body of quantitative and qualitative research conducted over more than 15 years, a recent article by Meg Russell and Philip Cowley argued that the Westminster parliament is in fact an institution with significant policy influence. Meg […]
Thursday, 05 November 2015
In the last of our series of posts adapted from presentations at the Unit’s 20th anniversary conference Tony Wright reflects on 20 years of parliamentary change and reform. He argues that parliament has become a good deal better over the past two decades, and points to Unit research as making a major contribution to bringing this […]
Thursday, 29 October 2015
In the aftermath of Monday’s Lords defeats on tax credit cuts there has been much talk of a ‘constitutional crisis’. In this post Meg Russell argues that whilst Monday’s vote was certainly unusual, the most significant change is the wider political context: that it is a Conservative government on the receiving end of repeated defeats in the Lords. Much like […]