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Browse the Constitution Unit's previous research projects relating to parliament

Ministers Outside Parliament (2010)

This project considered the case for ministers from outside parliament and methods for holding them accountable. It also made comparisions with and drew lessons from other countries. 

Assessing the Introduction of Public Bill Committees (2008-09)

This project examined reforms that took place in 2006 to overhaul processes from parlimanetary scrutiny of government bills. It drew on a series of 30 interviews to review the work of the new committees.

The Governance of Parliament (2004-07)

This project investigated control of parliamentary agenda, budget setting, committee membership and key appointments as well as how reforms reach the agenda and who (if anyone) speaks for the backbenches. 

Study of Draft Bills (1999-2000)

This project was run jointly with the Hansard Society. It was the first systematic attempt to find out what value is added by the new extra stage in the legislative process, and how it can be made more effective.

Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas (1998-2000)

When Labor came to power in 1997, they committed to reforming the House of Lords in two stages. This project sought to inform that second stage, drawing on examples from overseas for guidance. 

House of Lords reform: Commentaries (1995-2007)

This page gathers together the Constitution Unit's publications on the topic of the House of Lords, specifically its work, effectiveness and proposed/enacted reforms in a period of unprecedented change under New Labour. 

Parliament and Devolution (1999-2004)

This page brings together two projects focusing on the impact of devolution legislation introduced by New Labour. One focused on the impact on Westminster parliament and the other looked at the impact on local representative roles.