Led by Prof 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.
- Research into the House of Commons' use of financial privilege against amendments passed to legislation in the Lords.
- Meg Russell and Phil Larkin's comparative project on the role and operation of Legislative Committees.
- 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 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
- Demystifying Financial Privilege: Does the Commons' Claim of Financial Primacy on Lords Amendments Need Reform?