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The threat to politics…

Politics is normally defined as the process by which disputes as to outcomes of public policy are resolved peacefully.  That entails debate.  If there is unanimity there is no politics, as there is nothing to dispute.  If policy is imposed … Continue reading

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Who speaks for Parliament?

My article, ‘Speaking for Parliament,’ has been published online by Parliamentary Affairs.  It will be appearing in a print edition in due course.  It is based on my Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture, delivered in Speaker’s House in July. The theme … Continue reading

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Legislative scrutiny in the House of Lords

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 … Continue reading

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Parliament: a new assertiveness?

In an earlier post, I drew attention to a chapter I had written on Parliament for the 8th edition of The Changing Constitution, edited by Jeffery Jowell, Dawn Oliver and Colm O’Cinneide, and being published by Oxford University Press.  The … Continue reading

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What’s right with Parliament?

‘I spoke at the Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference last September on ‘What’s right with Parliament?’  Parliament gets a great deal of criticism, some of it justified, but there are also developments which have strengthened it, not least in terms of scrutinising … Continue reading

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August is the month for writing….

It used to be the case that the summer vacation provided two or three months for serious writing.  Nowadays, because the House of Lords tends to sit until late July and the academic year starts in September (with plenty of … Continue reading

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Summer of writing

I usually have a number of publications forthcoming.  At the moment, I only have two: a chapter on ‘Continuity and Change in Parliamentarianism in the Twenty-first Century’ for the Routledge Handbook of European Politics and a chapter on the oratory … Continue reading

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