Synopses & Reviews
The role and significance of parliament in the British political system has changed dramatically in the past decade with the setting up of elected assemblies in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the extension of European law making and reform of parliament itself, especially in relation to the House of Lords. This major new text by a leading academic authority who is also a parliamentarian himself revisits the central question of his highly-acclaimed earlier text Does Parliament Matter? in relation both to its role in governance and its relationship to the citizen.
Praise for Norton's Does Parliament Matter?:"'[T]he best available, compact, explanation of what Parliament does and how it works...Philip Norton [is] our greatest living expert on Parliament..."--Austin Mitchell MP, The House Magazine
About the Author
Philip Norton is Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull, UK, and, as Lord Norton of Louth, has been a member of the House of Lords since 1998.
Table of Contents
Parliament in Perspective * The Development of Parliament * PART I: PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT * Recruiting Ministers * Policymaking: The Early Stages * Legislation * The Administration of Government * Beyond Central Government: The European Union, Devolution, and Human Rights * PART II: PARLIAMENT AND CITIZEN * Representing the People * The Voice of the Constituents * The Voice of Organised Interests * Other Voices, Other Interests * Reaching the Public * CONCLUSION * Parliament: The Power and the Future