Power without representation? The House of Lords and social policy

Bochel, Hugh and Defty, Andrew (2010) Power without representation? The House of Lords and social policy. Social Policy and Society, 9 (3). pp. 367-377. ISSN 1474-7464

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000084

Power without Representation? The House of Lords and Social Policy
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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.

Keywords:Social Policy, House of Lords, Representation, Social Welfare, MPs, Parliament
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:21 Jul 2010 10:34

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