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Meg Russell and Daniel Gover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753827.001.0001

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The Role of Cross-Party Working

The Role of Cross-Party Working

(p.234) 9 The Role of Cross-Party Working
Legislation at Westminster

Meg Russell

Daniel Gover

Oxford University Press

While various previous chapters have explored the role of individual groups in the legislative process, this chapter considers modes of cross-party working and the importance of cross-party influence on policy at Westminster. Cross-party work is often considered to be relatively weak at Westminster, but this chapter shows that there are various mechanisms (including, but not confined to, the select committees) through which it is now encouraged. The chapter in particular considers cross-party support for amendments proposed to the 12 case study bills. It notes that most of the largest changes to the bills showed clear evidence of cross-party pressure, and that cross-party initiatives had a significantly higher chance of success than those promoted by only a single group. The fear of cross-party coalitions forming is very important to parliament’s power of ‘anticipated reactions’. The chapter concludes that the ‘cross-party mode’ at Westminster is now relatively strong.

Keywords:   cross-party, cross-party mode, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, APPGs, coalition, Public Bodies Bill

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