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The Contemporary House of LordsWestminster Bicameralism Revived$
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Meg Russell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671564.001.0001

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Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics and Legislative Bicameralism

Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics and Legislative Bicameralism

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(p.285) 11 Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics and Legislative Bicameralism
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The Contemporary House of Lords
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Meg Russell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671564.003.0011

This chapter summarises what has been learned in the book, returning to the six key questions that were posed in chapter 1. It suggests that today’s House of Lords is very different to its predecessors, and also differs in important ways from the House of Commons. It argues that the chamber now has an important role in British politics, which has strengthened parliament as a whole, and weakened executive dominance. British politics is therefore considerably more plural and consensual than the traditional 'Westminster model’ suggests. The chapter also proposes that the post-1999 Lords holds important lessons for bicameralism, and the role of unelected institutions. It ends by looking ahead at prospects for the House of Lords in the future.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Westminster model, bicameralism, reform

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