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A more assertive chamber: the House of Lords and the scrutiny of welfare

Hugh Bochel and Andrew Defty

in Welfare policy under New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347909
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347909.003.0006
A more assertive chamber: the House of Lords and the scrutiny of welfare

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Not only have social policy and welfare been key elements of the Labour governments' modernisation and reform programmes since 1997, but reform of the structures and practices of policy making and the constitution have also been central to the modernisation agenda. This chapter takes the analysis of the role of Parliament one stage further by examining the role and functions of the House of Lords in relation to welfare policy. This chapter gives a description of the composition and the operations of the House of Lords. Reforms of the House of Lords arguably resulted in a more assertive upper chamber, more willing to challenge and even defeat the government, rather than the disempowered and enfeebled chamber that some had predicted.

Keywords: UK; Parliament; welfare policy; House of Lords; policy making; government policy

Chapter.  10508 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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