The Resource Legislation at Westminster : parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover

Legislation at Westminster : parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover

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Legislation at Westminster : parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law
Title
Legislation at Westminster
Title remainder
parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law
Statement of responsibility
Meg Russell and Daniel Gover
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Language
eng
Summary
The Westminster parliament is a highly visible political institution, and one of its core functions is approving new laws. Yet Britain's legislative process is often seen as executive-dominated, and parliament as relatively weak. As this book shows, such impressions can be misleading. Drawing on the largest study of its kind for more than forty years, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover cast new light on the political dynamics that shape the legislative process. They provide a fascinating account of the passage of twelve government bills - collectively attracting more than 4000 proposed amendments - through both the House of Commons and House of Lords. These include highly contested changes such as Labour's identity cards scheme and the coalition's welfare reforms, alongside other relatively uncontroversial measures. As well as studying the parliamentary record and amendments, the authors draw from more than 100 interviews with legislative insiders. Following introductory chapters about the Westminster legislative process, the book focuses on the contribution of distinct parliamentary 'actors', including the government, opposition, backbenchers, select committees, and pressure groups. It considers their behaviour in the legislative process, what they seek to achieve, and crucially how they influence policy decisions. The final chapter reflects on Westminster's influence overall, showing this to be far greater than commonly assumed. Parliamentary influence is asserted in various different ways - ranging from visible amendments to more subtle means of changing government's behaviour. The book's findings make an important contribution to understanding both British politics and the dynamics of legislative bodies more broadly. Its readability and relevance will appeal to both specialists and general readers with interests in politics and law, in the UK and beyond
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ERASA
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Russell, Meg
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KD4354
LC item number
.R87 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Gover, Daniel
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  • Great Britain
  • Legislation
  • Great Britain
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Legislation at Westminster : parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-312) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overview of the legislative process and case studies -- Government drafting and handling of legislation -- The role of the Opposition -- The role of government backbenchers -- The role of non-party parliamentarians -- The role of outside pressure groups -- The role of select committees -- The role of cross-party working -- Parliamentary power and the legislative process
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780198753827
Lccn
2017945345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)990411242
  • (OCoLC)ocn990411242
Label
Legislation at Westminster : parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law, Meg Russell and Daniel Gover
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-312) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Overview of the legislative process and case studies -- Government drafting and handling of legislation -- The role of the Opposition -- The role of government backbenchers -- The role of non-party parliamentarians -- The role of outside pressure groups -- The role of select committees -- The role of cross-party working -- Parliamentary power and the legislative process
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780198753827
Lccn
2017945345
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)990411242
  • (OCoLC)ocn990411242

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