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18:00 - 19:00 15 March 2016

The policy impact of parliament


Committee Room 10 | Palace of Westminster (link Map)
London | SW1A 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Meg Russell, The Constitution Unit
Professor Philip Cowley, Queen Mary University of London
Sarah Champion MP, House of Commons

The Westminster parliament is classically presented as a rather weak institution with respect to the all-powerful UK executive. But is this really the case? A major work stream at the Constitution Unit in recent years has focused on the policy impact of parliament – including both the Commons and the Lords. Various publications have argued that Westminster is far more influential than commonly assumed, in part due to changes such as reform of the Lords in 1999 and growth in select committees, and in part because common assumptions about how parliamentary power is exercised are too simplistic. This seminar will draw on extensive research by two of the leading academic experts on the Westminster parliament, with practitioner input from a parliamentarian whose work featured in last year's BBC series 'Inside the Commons'.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Hansard Society and the Parliament and Constitution Centre of the House of Commons Library


Ben Webb
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | constitution@ucl.ac.uk