Speaker’s Lecture: Parliament and political parties

_72501787_72501593My Speaker’s Lecture on ‘Parliament and Political Parties’, delivered on Tuesday, was broadcast this evening on BBC Parliament.  It can be viewed on BBC Democracy Live here.

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Speaker’s Lecture: Parliament and political parties

  1. Lord Norton,
    Interesting and clear, this lecture certainly does a great deal to provide a real understanding of the Westminster system. I suppose that the idea of accountability in a mass election is very much at the center of the current system and your defense of it. one might argue tat in a more than two party system where FPTP allows pluralities to be elected there is even more reason to question how legitimate this is. You seem to hint at that in several places. Then I think in your study of history’s progress there is also the implicit ideas that such legitimacy as it has is dependent on antecedents that might vary elsewhere.

    For what it is worth my political science professors used to indulge me and a few other undergraduates in discussion of these same themes. But really the institutions in question are so different that little can be transferred directly. Nonetheless, I am of a more independent bent while acknowledging the need for parties.

  2. Lord Norton says:

    franksummers3ba: Many thanks for the comments. I was also pleased to note that you were able to access the programme. I think our system does indeed provide accountability, whereas in the States it is difficult to identify which particular body is responsible for outputs of public policy.

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