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Understanding 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/9780719076756.003.0009
Understanding parliamentary reform

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This book has used historical institutionalism because it not only forces us to take the long-term view of an institution's development, but also gives us insights into norms and values, institutional contexts, agents and ideas, path dependency and critical junctures, all of which assist in the analysis of institutional persistence and change. It is in facilitating consideration of the context in which parliament and its reform exist that the application of the historical institutionalist lens provides the most value. The historical development of the Westminster parliament in Britain points to three central norms and values that contribute to its structured institutional context: parliamentary sovereignty, ministerial responsibility, and party government. Parliamentary reform is pursued as a means to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Keywords: parliamentary reform; House of Lords; House of Commons; Britain; historical institutionalism; parliamentary sovereignty; ministerial responsibility; party government; efficiency; effectiveness

Chapter.  7830 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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