The House of Lords

Rhodri Walters

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The House of Lords

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This chapter examines the history of the House of the Lords in Great Britain during the twentieth century. The findings indicate that, in the twentieth century, the House of Lords could no longer vie with the House of Commons to be the forum of the nation, and that it was quite clearly a very different place at the end of the century from the House of the early 1900s. However, it became engaged in different tasks and performed a different role. In addition, the House became largely nominated and plutocratic, as a result of the Life Peerages and House of Lords Acts.

Keywords: House of Lords; Great Britain; plutocratic; Life Peerages Act

Chapter.  18004 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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