By Meg Russell

Because the moment chamber of the Westminster parliament, the home of Lords has a imperative place in British politics. however it is much much less well-studied and good understood than the home of Commons. this is often partially due to consistent expectancies that it really is approximately to be reformed - yet so much Lords reform plans fail, because the Coalition government's dramatically did in 2012. in the meantime, following a landmark switch in 1999 which got rid of so much of its hereditary contributors, the Lords' function within the coverage approach has grown. figuring out the chamber is consequently now necessary to knowing politics and parliament in Britain.

This booklet presents the 1st exact portrait of the post-1999 Lords, explaining who sits within the chamber, the way it operates, and crucially what coverage impression it has. Its club is proven to be extra assorted and smooth than many might imagine, and its impact on coverage to be vast. As a 'no total keep watch over' chamber, during which no get together has a majority, it has inflicted various defeats at the Blair, Brown and Cameron governments, and turn into an incredible web site of negotiation. It has supplied an influence base for the Liberal Democrats, and encompasses a crew of virtually 2 hundred independents who now play a pivotal function.

Close examine of latest residence of Lords demolishes a few universal myths approximately British politics, and likewise approximately how chamber parliaments paintings. This ebook, in addition to concentrating on the modern Lords, presents a old and comparative context for British bicameralism, asks no matter if the Lords might be thought of 'legitimate', and describes contemporary reform efforts and attainable destiny reforms.

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