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Power without representation? The House of Lords and social policy

By Hugh Bochel and Andrew Defty


In the past the House of Lords has generally, and arguably for good reasons, been ignored in discussions of the making and scrutiny of welfare. However, it has always played some role in this field, particularly in the scrutiny and passage of legislation, and since the removal of hereditary Peers in 1999, some writers have argued that the House has become more assertive. This article examines the attitudes of Peers, including a comparison with the views of Members of Parliament, and draws a number of conclusions about the role of the upper House in relation to social policy

Topics: L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies, L410 UK Social Policy, L400 Social Policy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S1474746410000084
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