A list of outputs from our research projects on the House of Lords
- The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived, published by OUP
Constitution Unit Briefings:
- Enough is Enough: Regulating Prime Ministerial Appointments to the Lords February 2015
- See also our 2014 report on Commons financial privilege on Lords amendments.
- House Full: Time to Get a Grip on Lords Appointments Meg Russell, supported by Lord Adonis, Graham Allen MP, Baroness Boothroyd, Lord Butler of Brockwell, Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, Lord Dholakia, Baroness D'Souza, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Robert Hazell, Baroness Jay of Paddington, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Lord Norton of Louth, Donald Shell, Lord Steel of Aikwood, Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, Baroness Williams of Crosby, Lord Woolf, and Tony Wright (April 2011). See the report and its impact in the media.
- Peers' and Public Attitudes to the Contemporary House of Lords Briefing for a seminar in the House of Lords, December 2007
- The House of Lords in 2006: Negotiating a Stronger Second Chamber January 2007
- The House of Lords in 2005: A more Representative and Assertive Chamber February 2006
- Views from Peers, MPs and the Public on the Legitimacy and Powers of the House of Lords December 2005
- Attempts to Change the British House of Lords into a Second Chamber of the Nations and Regions: Explaining a History of Failed Reforms in Perspectives on Federalism, July 2018.
- Parliamentary Party Cohesion: Some Explanations from Psychology (using data from the House of Lords) in Party Politics, August 2014
- Rethinking Bicameral Strength: A Three-Dimensional Approach in Journal of Legislative Studies, April 2013
- Elected Second Chambers and their Powers: an International Survey in Political Quarterly, February 2012
- A Stronger Second Chamber? Assessing the Impact of House of Lords Reform in 1999, and the Lessons for Bicameralism in Political Studies December 2010
- House of Lords Reform: Are We Nearly There Yet? in Political Quarterly March 2009 (available online without subscription)
- Independent Parliamentarians En Masse: The Changing Nature and Role of the 'Crossbenchers' in the House of Lords in Parliamentary Affairs January 2009
- The Policy Impact of Defeats in the House of Lords in British Journal of Politics and International Relations October 2008
- Why does the Government get defeated in the House of Lords? in British Politics July 2007
See also the previous project Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas, and our past series of Lords Reform Commentaries
- Analysis of existing data on the breadth of expertise and experience in the House of Lords Meg Russell and Meghan Benton's report to the House of Lords Appointments Commission on the diversity of professional background in the House of Lords, March 2010
Lectures and Other Public Events:
- The House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived Meg Russell set out some of the key arguments and findings of her book, with a response from seasoned Westminster-watcher Mark D'Arcy of the BBC, followed by a wider discussion, November 2013
- Lords Reform: Principles and Prospects Meg Russell's lecture at the invitation of the Leader of the House of Lords, 13 November 2007
- Are we Seeing a New Golden Age of Parliament? Meg Russell speaking at a British Academy Discussion Evening, Thursday 5 July 2007
- Reforming an Unelected Upper House: The Strange Rebirth of the House of Lords Paper to Conference on Transforming Canadian Governance Through Senate Reform University of British Columbia, 19-20 April 2007
- Reforming the British House of Lords: How a Little Reform Can go a Long Way Meg Russell speaking at the Australian Senate, 8 December, 2006
Oral and Written Evidence:
- Meg Russell gives evidence to Canadian Senate on Senate reform 12 April 2016
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee evidence, 9 February 2016
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to PACAC, 19 January 2016
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, 27 June 2013
- Meg Russell's written evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, March 2013
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill, 27 October 2011
- Meg Russell's written evidence to the Leaders' Group on Retirement from the House of Lords, 5 October 2010
- Meg Russell's written evidence to the House of Lords Information Committee, 27 April 2009
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, 25 October 2007
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to the Canadian Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, 22 March 2007, for their inquiry on Senate reform (starts approximately half way through the sitting)
- Meg Russell's oral evidence to the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Conventions, 18 July 2006
- Meg Russell video accompanies BBC's flagship 'Meet the Lords' (Feb 17)
- Meg Russell article in the Guardian: "Don't abolish the Lords. History shows it really can be reformed" (Feb 17)
- The Lords and tax credits (Nov 15)
- Meg Russell comments on the new House of Lords appointments (Sept 15)
- Meg Russell comments on next steps for House of Lords reform (Jul 15)
- Meg Russell on BBC Westminster hour discussing the unsustainable House of Lords appointments (Jul 14)
- Meg Russell's letter to The Times on the importance of a clearer picture of second chambers internationally, 29 June 2011
- Meg Russell's review of "The House of Lords 1911-2011: A Century of Non-Reform", by Chris Ballinger (2012), for the journal Political Quarterly (p.103-4).
- Meg Russell's review of "House of Lords Reform Since 1911: Must the Lords Go?", by Peter Dorey and Alexandra Kelso (2011), for the journal West European Politics.
- Meg Russell was interviewed about the accelerating pace of Lords reform for the ESRC's annual magazine, Britain in 2012.