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Parliamentary Reform at Westminster
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Parliamentary Reform at Westminster

Alexandra Kelso

Abstract

The Labour Party government elected in 1997 pledged to reform the Westminster parliament by modernising the House of Commons and removing the hereditary peers from the House of Lords. Events have consequently demonstrated the deep controversy that accompanies such attempts at institutional reconfiguration, and have highlighted the shifting fault-lines in executive-legislative relations in the UK, as well as the deep complexities surrounding British constitutional politics. The story of parliamentary reform is about the nature of the British political system, about how the government seeks to e ... More

Keywords: Labour Party, Westminster, House of Commons, hereditary peers, House of Lords, executive-legislative relations, constitutional politics, parliamentary reform, political actors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076756
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076756.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Kelso, author