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What's Wrong with the British Constitution?$
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Iain McLean

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546954.001.0001

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Unelected Houses

Unelected Houses

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(p.223) 11 Unelected Houses
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What's Wrong with the British Constitution?
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Iain McLean (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546954.003.0012

‘The House of Peers throughout the war/Did nothing in particular/And did it very well.’ The Levellers and the case for an elected parliament. The Lords since 1909. Remaining conditional vetoes. The Lords and the landed interest. Evolution of the Salisbury–Addison convention. Its fall since 1999. Mackay Commission. Wakeham Commission. Weakness of arguments for an unelected house. Contradictory votes in the Commons. The effectiveness (but doubtful legitimacy) of the post‐1999 Lords. Powers and composition of a (predominantly) elected chamber.

Keywords:   House of Lords, Levellers, Rainborough, Thomas, Salisbury, third Marquess of, fifth Marquess of Addison, Christopher, Mackay Commission, Wakeham Royal Commission, House of Lords reform 1999

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