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Legislation at Westminster: Parliamentary Actors and Influence in the Making of British Law

Meg Russell and Daniel Gover


This book describes and analyses the legislative process in the British Westminster parliament, with a focus on the contributions of different parliamentary ‘actors’, and close attention to questions of policy influence. It draws on the largest study of the process for over 40 years, which included analysis of 12 government bills as they passed through both the House of Commons and House of Lords. In addition to studying over 4,000 amendments proposed, and public records such as parliamentary speeches, the book draws on over 100 interviews with those closely involved. The opening chapters summ ... More

Keywords: Westminster, parliament, legislation, legislative process, law, bills, House of Commons, House of Lords, policy-making, amendments, anticipated reactions, influence, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meg Russell, author
Professor of British and Comparative Politics and Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London

Daniel Gover, author
Researcher at Queen Mary University of London