By Meg Russell
Because the moment chamber of the Westminster parliament, the home of Lords has a valuable place in British politics. however it is much much less well-studied and good understood than the home of Commons. this is often partly due to consistent expectancies that it truly is approximately to be reformed - yet such a lot Lords reform plans fail, because the Coalition government's dramatically did in 2012. in the meantime, following a landmark switch in 1999 which got rid of such a lot of its hereditary contributors, the Lords' function within the coverage method has grown. figuring out the chamber is consequently now necessary to realizing politics and parliament in Britain.
This ebook presents the 1st specific portrait of the post-1999 Lords, explaining who sits within the chamber, the way it operates, and crucially what coverage effect it has. Its club is proven to be extra diversified and sleek than many could imagine, and its impression on coverage to be vast. As a 'no total keep watch over' chamber, during which no celebration has a majority, it has inflicted quite a few defeats at the Blair, Brown and Cameron governments, and turn into a major web site of negotiation. It has supplied an influence base for the Liberal Democrats, and encompasses a crew of just about two hundred independents who now play a pivotal position.
Close examine of modern-day condominium of Lords demolishes a few universal myths approximately British politics, and likewise approximately how chamber parliaments paintings. This publication, in addition to concentrating on the modern Lords, presents a old and comparative context for British bicameralism, asks no matter if the Lords may be thought of 'legitimate', and describes fresh reform efforts and attainable destiny reforms.
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