I have received my copy of Parliament: Legislation and Accountability, edited by Alexander Horne and Andrew Le Seuer. Part I looks at different aspects of the legislative process and Part 2 at accountability, including the regulation of lobbyists and the implications for Parliament of automated decision-making. I have a chapter, in Part 1, on the legislative process in the House of Lords.
How the House fulfils this task is determined by its relationship to the first chamber and its ability to fulfil it facilitated by its procedures and its membership. The House sees its role as complementary to the elected chamber. The Commons can determine the ends of legislation, so the Lords addresses the means. Its procedures differ from those in the Commons and enable it to engage in detailed scrutiny and its membership (in terms of its political composition and individual members) enables that scrutiny to be effective. The House of Commons, I contend, is characterised by the politics of assertion and the Lords by the politics of justification.
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