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Have reforms to parliament since the 1990s served to strengthen, or weaken, British democracy? Discuss with reference to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


Topic: Have reforms to parliament since the 1990s served to strengthen, or weaken, British democracy? Discuss with reference to both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
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Journal Articles

Russell, M., Gover, D. and Wollter, K. (2015) ‘Does the Executive Dominate the Westminster Legislative Process?: Six Reasons for Doubt’, Parliamentary Affairs, advance publication, https://pa.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/21/pa.gsv016.abstract

Russell, M. and Cowley, P. (2016) ‘The Policy Power of the Westminster Parliament: The “Parliamentary State” and the Empirical Evidence’, Governance, 29 (1), 121-137.

Russell, M. (2010). ‘A Stronger Second Chamber? Assessing the Impact of House of Lords Reform in 1999 and the Lessons for Bicameralism’, Political Studies, 58 (5), 866-885.

Broader Reading:

P. Dorey & A. Kelso (2011) House of Lords Reform since 1911: Must the Lords go? Basingstoke: Palgrave.
J. Parkinson (2007) ‘The House of Lords: A Deliberative Democratic Defence’ Political Quarterly, 78, 3.
R. Whitaker (2006) ‘Backbench Influence on Government Legislation? A Flexing of Parliamentary Muscles at Westminster’, Parliamentary Affairs, 59(2): 350-9.
P. Flynn (1997) Commons Knowledge: How to be a Backbencher, Bridgend.
P. Norton (2005) Parliament in British Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Mac.
R. Rodgers & R. Walters (2006) How Parliament Works (6th edition), London: Longman.
M. Rush (2005) Parliament and Pressure Politics, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
D. Shell (2007) The House of Lords, Manchester: Manchester University Press
J. Wells (1997) The House of Lords, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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