Chapter

Unelected Houses

Iain McLean

in What's Wrong with the British Constitution?

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199546954
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546954.003.0012
Unelected Houses

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‘The House of Peers throughout the war/Did nothing in particular/And did it very well.’ The Levellers and the case for an elected parliament. The Lords since 1909. Remaining conditional vetoes. The Lords and the landed interest. Evolution of the Salisbury–Addison convention. Its fall since 1999. Mackay Commission. Wakeham Commission. Weakness of arguments for an unelected house. Contradictory votes in the Commons. The effectiveness (but doubtful legitimacy) of the post‐1999 Lords. Powers and composition of a (predominantly) elected chamber.

Keywords: House of Lords; Levellers; Rainborough, Thomas; Salisbury, third Marquess of; fifth Marquess of Addison, Christopher; Mackay Commission; Wakeham Royal Commission; House of Lords reform 1999

Chapter.  11387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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