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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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Negotiated Outcomes and the Wider Legislative Impact of the Lords

Negotiated Outcomes and the Wider Legislative Impact of the Lords

(p.168) 7 Negotiated Outcomes and the Wider Legislative Impact of the Lords
The Contemporary House of Lords

Meg Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses a case study approach to analyse the broader legislative impact of the House of Lords, beyond government defeats. It considers amendments to 12 bills in the 2005 and 2010 parliaments. Analysis of the origin and outcome of each amendment shows that while most that succeeded had government backing, the majority of them had previously been pressed on government by non-government peers. The chapter then considers six 'modes’ of legislative debate in the Lords: probing mode, quasi academic (expert) mode, constitutional propriety mode, interest group mode, second thought mode and adversarial mode. The chapter also discusses government’s internal preparation of legislation, and concludes that the Lords has an important deterrent role, through 'anticipated reactions’, as well as forcing actual amendments once bills are introduced. Private Members’ Bills are also briefly discussed.

Keywords:   House of Lords, government, legislation, amendments, anticipated reactions, identity cards, corporate manslaughter, welfare reform, public bodies, budget responsibility, Private Members’ Bills

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