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The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived

Meg Russell


This book is the first major study of the House of Lords since the reform in 1999 by Tony Blair's Labour government which removed most hereditary peers. It describes the membership of the chamber, its key functions, its political dynamics, and how these have changed since 1999. Crucially it analyses the impact of the Lords on government policy and legislation, and on the wider culture of British politics, under Labour 1999-2010 and the coalition 2010-13. The book demonstrates that the Lords is more modern, and significantly more influential, than many might assume. The 1999 reform ended Conser ... More

Keywords: House of Lords, Westminster, parliament, government, bicameralism, policy, legislation, reform, Liberal Democrats, legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199671564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meg Russell, author
Reader in British and Comparative Politics, Constitution Unit, University College London