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The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009$
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Louis Blom-Cooper QC, Brice Dickson, and Gavin Drewry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199532711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532711.001.0001

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A Political Scientist's Perspective

A Political Scientist's Perspective

(p.439) 25 A Political Scientist's Perspective
The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009

Gavin Drewry

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the judicial functions of the House of Lords from a political science perspective. Specifically, it takes a general look at UK political scientists' interest in ‘legal’ aspects of their discipline — on the assumption that if any of them are interested in anything to do with law and the judicial process, then at least some of that interest must surely have focused on the top court in the judicial hierarchy. However, even with this wider and more elastically circumscribed agenda, relevant substantive material is in short supply. The chapter describes and explains the latter phenomenon and reflects on why, in the run-up to the transfer of the appellate jurisdiction to the new Supreme Court, we may just be beginning to detect some faint stirrings of interest in legal and judicial matters — perhaps even including the judicial functions of the House of Lords — in the British political science community.

Keywords:   House of Lords, political science, Supreme Court, judicial process, parliamentary studies

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