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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Contemporary House of Lords

Meg Russell

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the scene, by explaining why the House of Lords might matter, and presenting a set of questions that will be answered in the book. These include the extent of the chamber’s impact on government policy and the culture of British politics, how it was changed by the 1999 reform, how it differs from the House of Commons, whether it can be considered 'legitimate’, and how it might be reformed. The chapter sums up the existing literature on the Lords and parliament more broadly, suggesting that an influential House of Lords would require us to rethink the 'Westminster model’ and power in British politics. It explains the sources used in the book, and summarises its structure.

Keywords:   House of Lords, parliament, reform, Westminster model, policy

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