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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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Reflections on the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission report

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:37 +0000

Cristina Leston-Bandeira looks back at a year spent considering the options for the use of digital in UK government. She highlights key lessons that emerged from the process and introduces the report published on 26 January 2015. Last month’s launch of the report of the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission (DDC) marks the end of an extraordinarily […]

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Enough is enough: Time to regulate prime ministerial appointments to the Lords

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:39:49 +0000

This week the Constitution Unit publishes a new report arguing that the time has come to regulate prime ministerial appointments to the House of Lords – to prevent the chamber’s size escalating further, and prevent government manipulating its membership. The report argues that, despite large-scale Lords reform being awaited, this step is urgent ahead of […]

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What would a minority government be like?

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:00:57 +0000

As the election approaches, Peter Riddell explores the very real prospect of a minority government and considers the challenges which would be likely to arise from such a scenario. Paul Goodman was right to argue on Conservative Home in November that a minority government may be more likely than a full-blown coalition if there is a hung parliament next […]

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