‘Exercising influence and setting limits’: MPs' influence on welfare policy

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:
‘Exercising influence and setting limits’: MPs' influence on welfare policy

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This chapter examines the variety of methods used by Members of Parliament (MPs) in their efforts to scrutinise and influence government policy, focusing on the wide range of procedures and practices within Parliament that are available for and used by MPs and peers. It also discusses the extent to which MPs consider these procedures and practices to be effective in enabling them to provide oversight of, and influence over, welfare policy that reflect both their views and the views of those who they represent. These procedures and practices include legislation, private members' bill, debates, parliamentary questions, early day motions, membership to all-party parliamentary groups and participation to parliamentary select committees. The adoption and effectiveness of informal methods of influence, such as informal contacts with ministers, in conversation, or by letter, are also discussed.

Keywords: UK; Parliament; legislation; debates; welfare policy; policy making

Chapter.  8686 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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