The role and significance of parliament in the British political system has changed dramatically in the past decade with the setting up of elected assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the extension of European law making and reform of parliament itself especially in relation to the House of Lords. This major new text by a leading academic authority who is also a parliamentarian himself, revisits the central question of his highly-acclaimed earlier text Does Parliament Matter? in relation both to its role in governance and its relationship to the citizen.
Table of Contents
Parliament in Perspective The Development of Parliament PART I: PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT Recruiting Ministers Policymaking: The Early Stages Legislation The Administration of Government Beyond Central Government: The European Union, Devolution, and Human Rights PART II: PARLIAMENT AND CITIZEN Representing the People The Voice of the Constituents The Voice of Organised Interests Other Voices, Other Interests Reaching the Public CONCLUSION Parliament: The Power and the Future
PHILIP NORTON is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull, UK, and, as Lord Norton of Louth, has been a member of the House of Lords since 1998.