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Parliament and parliamentary reform

Alexandra Kelso

in Parliamentary Reform at Westminster

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780719076756
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076756.003.0001
Parliament and parliamentary reform

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The Westminster parliament has attracted attention in recent years in terms of how it can be changed and reformed so as to improve the role it plays in British politics. Think tanks, public commissions, and even parliament itself have all examined the way in which it functions as a political institution and how changes might lead to enhanced public engagement with politics and thus to more robust representative democracy. This book explores some of the history of parliamentary reform in Britain. It draws on a series of interviews with some of the key political actors, particularly MPs, who have been interested in and involved with parliamentary reform in the post-1997 era. It analyses the content and arguments of historical institutional theory; the course of House of Commons reform from 1900 to 1997 in terms of efficiency reforms; how the Labour Party government delivered its manifesto commitment to ‘modernise’ the Commons, with a particular focus on how this process of modernisation affected the legislative process; and the House of Lords reform since 1997.

Keywords: British politics; parliament; parliamentary reform; institutional theory; legislative process; MPs; House of Commons; House of Lords; Labour Party; modernisation

Chapter.  3541 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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