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  1. How to use this reading list 1 item
    1. The list below includes some general indications of appropriate books and web resources, and then a detailed list for each week. You are not expected to read everything on the list. But you should aim to spend around five hours reading for the class each week, which should be enough to read at least three chapters and articles, and come prepared to discuss what you have read with others in the class. On top of this is the reading you will need to do for your essays.

      - Each week there are one or more essential readings listed. To prepare for the class you should generally start here, and read the items listed.

      - The recommended reading list will direct you towards further articles and book chapters of particular interest.

      - The additional reading will allow you to explore a topic further. It will therefore be useful if you are preparing a presentation or essay. However, for this you may also want to seek out further reading beyond that included on the list.

  2. General Reading 26 items
    1. Books 6 items
      There are three good quality books on the British parliament which are relatively up-to-date and comprehensive. Students are advised to buy the first of these, and maybe also the second (these frequently appear in 'essential' or 'recommended' reading, week by week).
      1. Parliament in British politics - Philip Norton 2013

        Book  This is a good quality book, aimed at a student audience, whose author is a well-known academic expert on parliament, and also a member of the House of Lords. As a single-authored work, it offers a coherent overview of key topics.

      2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  This is a more recent high-quality text prepared specifically for students on parliament's 'parliamentary studies' modules. As an edited book with many contributors it has a lot to offer, but gives a less coherent overall narrative.

      3. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

        Book  7th edition of this accessible book on parliament, written by insiders (parliamentary clerks) for a general audience. Very strong on factual accuracy and procedural detail. Less theoretical/political than the books above.

      4. Griffith and Ryle on Parliament: functions, practice and procedures - J. A. G. Griffith, Michael Ryle, M. A. J. Wheeler-Booth, Robert Blackburn 2003

        Book  This book is expensive to buy, and getting a little out of date, but remains a useful reference work on procedures in the British parliament

      5. The contemporary House of Lords: Westminster bicameralism revived - Meg Russell 2013

        Book  By the course tutor, this book is the most up-to-date general treatment of the House of Lords. It provides balance to the frequently Commons-centric literature. Available online via Oxford Scholarship Online, and in print.

      6. Legislation at Westminster: parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law - Meg Russell, Daniel Gover 2017

        Book  Another book by the tutor, clearly mostly relevant to the discussion of legislation, but also provides insights to the differing contributions of different groups in parliament. Available via Oxford Scholarship Online, and print copy also available in library

    2. Online resources 20 items
      There are numerous high-quality resources available on parliament, particularly via its own website. The following is a selection of some key places to look.
      1. UK Parliament - UK Parliament

        Website  Official parliamentary website

      2. UK Parliament - How Parliament works - UK Parliament

        Webpage  'How parliament Works' page, with links to various useful briefings (some very basic, others more advanced).

      3. UK Parliament Glossary

        Webpage  Comprehensive glossary of parliamentary jargon.

      4. Research Briefings - UK Parliament

        Website  House of Commons and House of Lords library briefings, including lots of useful material on parliament itself

      5. Hansard - UK Parliament

        Webpage  Official transcript of debates going back to 1988.

      6. UK Parliament - You Tube

        Audio-visual document  Parliament's official YouTube channel featuring a range of content

      7. UK Parliament - Open Lectures -

        Audio-visual document  Free to view lectures, mostly delivered by parliamentarians. Has not been updated for some time.

      8. BBC iPlayer - BBC Parliament

        Audio-visual document  BBC Parliament iPlayer page.

      9. BBC News - Mark D'Arcy:Parliamentary Correspondent

        Webpage  Blog run by BBC parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy. Frequently posts on relevant matters

      10. The Political Studies Association (PSA) - specialist group on Parliaments

        Webpage  Political Studies Association specialist group on Parliaments and Legislatures, with useful links including to their blog.

      11. Parliament - UCL Constitution Unit

        Webpage  Constitution Unit research on parliament

      12. The Constitution Unit Blog

        Website  Constitution Unit blog with regular posts on parliamentary topics

      13. Hansard Society

        Website  Hansard Society - including links to research and events on parliament.

      14. Lords of the Blog - Life and work in the House of Lords

        Website  'Lords of the blog', a blog by peers run by the Hansard Society.

      15. Inter-Parliamentary Union

        Webpage  Inter-Parliamentary Union: lots of useful resources about parliaments internationally, including their invaluable 'Parline' database.

      16. Introduction to the UK Parliament - Free online course

        Webpage  Online course about the UK parliament A free course provided by the parliamentary authorities

      17. Parliamentary Monitor 2018

        Document  This report from the Institute for Government is jampacked with facts and data, often nicely presented, summarising parliament's work in the last year.

      18. ARC Resources for Exploring Parliament

        Webpage  This page accompanies the textbook Exploring Parliament (see books section above), and provides various useful links.

  3. Week 1 Context: the structure of parliament and Westminster in comparative perspective 14 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Parliament in Perspective

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

      2. The Development of Parliament

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

    2. Recommended reading 4 items
      1. Legislatures - Amie Kreppel, 2014

        Chapter  Digitised reading. From Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics.

      2. Introduction: The institution of parliaments - Philip Norton 1998

        Chapter  Digitised reading from Parliaments and governments in Western Europe (ed. Norton)

      3. A Brief History of the House of Lords - Meg Russell

        Chapter  Chapters 2 ('A Brief History of the House of Lords'), 3 ('Bicameralism in Theory and Comparative Perspective'), and 4 ('A Brief Introduction to the Contemporary House of Lords').

      4. Parliament: a new assertiveness? - Philip Norton 2015

        Chapter  Digitised reading. From The Changing Constitution (eds Jeffrey L. Jowell, Dawn Oliver, Colm O'Cinneide).

    3. Additional reading 5 items
      1. Typologies and Classifications - A. Kreppel

        Chapter  Available online in - S.Martin, T. Saalfeld and K.Strom (Editors), 'The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies'. Oxford University Press. 2014

      2. Chapter 3: Running Parliament - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters

        Chapter  How parliament works (7th edition, 2015).

      3. The House of Commons - Paul Seaward and Paul Silk

        Chapter  Chapter: by Seaward,P. and P. Silk 'The House of Commons' and Chapter by Walters, R 'The House of Lords'.

      4. Relationship between the Two Houses - Lucinda Maer, Philip Norton 2018

        Chapter  In Parliament and the Law, edited by Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry. Slightly advanced for week 1, but nicely demonstrates that the two chambers of parliament are more connected than you might think.

    4. Online resources 3 items
      1. Parliament's introductory teaching videos

        Audio-visual document  Various 2-minute introductory videos from parliament's YouTube channel

      2. Inter-Parliamentary Union

        Webpage  The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an organisation linking all parliaments around the world. It has various resources, including research reports and a database of information on different parliaments, useful for your own research

      3. Global Parliamentary Report - G. Power 2012

        Document  Annex to the IPU's Global Parliamentary Report, contains some interesting facts and figures about the world's parliaments.

  4. Week 2: People in parliament 34 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 5: The personnel of parliament - Michael Rush 2005

        Chapter  Digitised from Parliament Today (Rush)

      2. Should Blacks Represent Blacks and Women Represent Women? A Contingent "Yes" - Jane Mansbridge 1999

        Article  The Journal of Politics Vol. 61, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 628-657

    2. Recommended reading 7 items
      1. The rise of the professional politician - Peter Allen, Philip Cowley 2018

        Chapter  Digitised reading : From Exploring Parliament by Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson

      2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Other relevant chapters in the book include chapter 22 on "Women in the House of Commons" by Campbell el al.

      3. Chapter 2: Who is in Parliament? - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

        Chapter  How Parliament works

      4. Why not ask the audience? Understanding the public's representational priorities - Philip Cowley 2013

        Article  British Politics (2013) 8, 138–163

      5. What Voters Want: Reactions to Candidate Characteristics in a Survey Experiment - Rosie Campbell, Philip Cowley 2014

        Article  Political Studies 62 (4): 745-65

      6. Career patterns and professionalisation - Michael Rush 2005

        Chapter  Digitised from The future of Parliament: issues for a new century (P. Giddings, ed.)

    3. Additional Reading: general 6 items
      1. The concept of representation - Hanna Fenichel Pitkin 1972

        Book 

      2. Analysis of existing data on the breadth of expertise and experience in the House of Lords - Meg Russell, Meghan Benton 2010

        Document  Report to the House of Lords Appointments Commission

      3. Candidate selection-Primaries - Oonagh Gay, S. Jones 2009

        Webpage  House of Commons Library briefing

      4. How to be a parliamentary researcher - Robert Dale 2015

        Book 

      5. The Governance of Parliament - Ben Yong 2018

        Chapter  In Parliament and the Law, edited by Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry. Gives some indications of key roles among, for example parliamentary staff, whips and Leaders.

    4. Additional reading: gender and diversity 12 items
      1. Gender Sensitive Parliament report - UK Parliament December 2018

        Webpage  The first report of its kind, reviewing progress and making recommendations.

      2. Women in Parliaments: Descriptive and Substantive Representation - Lena Wängnerud 2009

        Article  Annual Review Political Science 2009. pp.51–69

      3. All Change in the House? The Profile of Candidates and MPs in the 2015 British General Election - Chrysa Lamprinakou, Marco Morucci, Rosie Campbell, Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson 2016

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 70 (2): 207-232

      4. The Good Parliament Report - Sarah Childs 2016

        Document  Professor Sarah Childs spent time 'embedded' in parliament, and this report contains her suggestions about how the House of Commons could be made more inclusive and diverse

      5. A Feminised Style of Politics? Women MPs in the House of Commons - Sarah Childs 2004

        Article  The British Journal of Politics and International Relations Volume 6, Issue 1, pp. 3–19

      6. All-Women Shortlists: Myths and Realities - Mary K. Nugent, Mona Lena Krook 2016

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs Volume 69, Issue 1, Pp. 115-135

      7. Electoral Gender Quotas: A Conceptual Analysis - M. L. Krook 2014

        Article  Comparative Political Studies August 2014 vol. 47 no. 9, pp. 1268-1293

      8. Does the Numerical Underrepresentation of the Working Class in Congress Matter? - Nicholas Carnes 2012

        Article  Legislative Studies Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp. 5–34

      9. When and Why Minority Legislators Matter - John D. Griffin 2014

        Article  Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 17: 327-336

      10. Ethnic minorities in public life - L. Audickas 2016

        Webpage  House of Commons Library briefing

    5. Online resources 7 items
      1. The Truth about Lords Appointments - M. Russell 2015

        Article  Constitution Unit blogpost

  5. Week 3: The legislative process 26 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The Making of Public Policy

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

      2. Legislation

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

    2. Recommended reading 8 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Chapter 8 by Meg Russell and Daniel Gover: "Parliamentary Scrutiny and Influence on Government Bills", chapter 9 by Louise Thompson and Tony McNulty: "Committee Scrutiny of Legislation". Students may also want to look at chapter 12 by Robert Hazell and Fergus Reid: "Private Members' Bills"

      2. Chapter 6: Making the Law - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters

        Chapter  How parliament works (7th edition, 2015)

      3. The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived - Meg Russell 2013

        Book  Chapters 6 ('The Lords as a barrier to government: legislative defeats') and 7 ('Negotiated outcomes and the wider legislative impact of the Lords'). Available via Oxford Scholarship Online

      4. Legislation at Westminster: parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law - Meg Russell, Daniel Gover 2017

        Book  Available via Oxford Scholarship Online. Chapter 1 presents and questions some stereotypes about Westminster's limited role in lawmaking. Chapter 2 includes an overview of the legislative process, and students may be interested in chapter 3 which describes government preparation and piloting of legislation, while the rest of the book (other chapters are indicated further down the list) investigates the contribution of different 'actors' (e.g. party groups). The concluding chapter is listed for week 10.

      5. Does the Executive Dominate the Westminster Legislative Process?: Six Reasons for Doubt - M. Russell, D. Gover, K. Wollter 2015

        Article  This article draws on the same research as the book above, but with a narrower focus on amendments.

      6. Pre-Legislative Scrutiny in Parliament - Jessica Mulley, Helen Kinghorn

        Chapter  In "Parliament: Legislation and Accountability" (2016), edited by Alexander Horne and Andrew Le Sueur (available online).

    3. Additional reading 11 items
      1. Making a Difference? The Effectiveness of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny - J. Smookler 2006

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 59(3): 522-535.

      2. Research Briefings - Post-Legislative Scrutiny - R. Kelly, M. Everett 2013

        Document  House of Commons Library briefing

      3. The Civil Servant as Legislator: Law Making in British Administration - Edward C. Page 12/2003

        Article  Public Administration 81(4): 651-679.

      4. Pressures are growing for Commons bill committee reform | The Constitution Unit Blog - Meg Russell 2014

        Webpage  Short blog post, which links through to earlier work – including a Constitution Unit report – on the options for public bill committee reform.

      5. Public Bill Committees: An Assessment Scrutiny Sought; Scrutiny Gained - J. Levy 2010

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 63(3): 534-544. Trivia note: this was written by one of my former MSc students, based on her dissertation!

      6. Making British law: committees in action - Louise Thompson 2015

        Book 

      7. Delegated Legislation: Frequently Asked Questions - Joel Blackwell 2015

        Webpage  Hansard Society blogpost

    4. Online resources 5 items
      1. UK Parliament: Bills before Parliament

        Webpage  Bills before parliament in the current session (also includes links to previous sessions).

      2. Legislative process: taking a Bill through Parliament 2013

        Document  Official Cabinet Office description of legislative process, including pre-parliamentary and post-parliamentary stages.

      3. UK Parliament - The Passage of Legislation

        Webpage  Open lecture by the (now) Clerk of the House of Commons, David Natzler, on the legislative process.

      4. Research Briefings - Public Reading Stage of Bills - R. Kelly 2014

        Document  Library briefing on the new public reading stage of bills.

  6. Week 4: Political party organisation in parliament 27 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. It's a bit more complicated than that - Philip Cowley 2005

        Chapter  Digitised reading from The rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority (Cowley)

      2. Modes of UK Executive-Legislative Relations Revisited - Meg Russell, Philip Cowley 2018

        Article  Political Quarterly, 89 (1): 18-28

    2. Recommended reading 5 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Chapter 2 by Philip Norton: "The Political Organisation of Parliament". Students may also want to look at chapter 13 by Margaret Arnott and Richard Kelly: "Small Parties and Lawmaking", and chapter 24 by Mark Stuart: "Whips and Rebels"

      2. Political Actors in the Lords - Meg Rusell

        Chapter  Available via Oxford Scholarship Online. Chapter 5 ('Political Actors in the Lords').

      3. The Whip's Office (SN/PC/02829) - J. Walpole, R. Kelly 2008

        Document  House of Commons Library paper

      4. Approaches to the study of parliamentary party groups - Knut Heidar, R. A. Koole 2000

        Chapter  Digitised reading from Parliamentary party groups in European democracies: political parties behind closed doors (Heidar and Koole)

      5. Fiercest of rivals, best of friends: cross-party pals in parliament | Politics | The Guardian 15 October 2017

        Webpage  This is a light-hearted non-academic piece which illustrates nicely with personal stories how not everything at Westminster is divided along party lines

    3. Additional reading 15 items
      1. Legislation at Westminster: parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law - Meg Russell, Daniel Gover 2017

        Book  Available via Oxford Scholarship Online. Chapter 4 discusses the role of the opposition, chapter 5 the role of government backbenchers, chapter 6 the role of nonparty parliamentarians and chapter 9 the role of cross-party working in the making of legislation

      2. Making Sense of Opposition - Philip Norton 2008

        Article  The Journal of Legislative Studies 14(1-2): 236-250

      3. The rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority - Philip Cowley 2005

        Book 

      4. 'Cohesion without Discipline: Party Voting in the House of Lords' - Philip Norton 2003

        Article  Journal of Legislative Studies 9(4): 57-72.

      5. 'In the Brown Stuff?: Labour Backbench Dissent Under Gordon Brown, 2007-2010' - Philip Cowley, Mark Stuart 2014

        Article  Contemporary British History 28(1): 1-23

      6. Explaining Party Cohesion and Discipline in Democratic Legislatures - John E. Owens 2003

        Article  Journal of Legislative Studies 9(4): 12 - 40

      7. The coalition in Parliament - Ben Yong 2012

        Chapter  Digitised reading (from The politics of coalition: how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government works).

      8. Conscience and parliament - Philip Cowley 1998

        Book 

      9. Explaining voting behaviour on free votes: Solely a matter of preference? - Christopher D. Raymond, Robert M. Worth 2017

        Article  British Politics, 12 (4): 555–564

      10. Research Briefings - Short Money (SN/PC/1663). - R. Kelly 2015

        Document  House of Commons Library briefing

    4. Online resources 5 items
      1. Charlotte Leslie MP on Daily Politics, BBC Two "Changing nature of the job of being an MP" - YouTube 2014

        Audio-visual document  Nice video on the changing role of the backbench MP

      2. Revolts | Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart's research on Parliament

        Website  Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart’s blog, including lots of analysis of rebellions (increasingly rarely updated).

      3. House of Lords: Party and Group Strengths and Voting - Charley Coleman 2017

        Document  Lords Library briefing on party strengths and voting behaviour in the House of Lords.

  7. Week 5: The work of select committees 27 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Select Committees - Alexandria Kelso 2018

        Chapter  Digitised reading : From Exploring Parliament by Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson

    2. Recommended reading 6 items
      1. Chapter 6: The Administration of Government - P. Norton

        Chapter  Norton, P. Parliament in British politics (2013). This chapter explores accountability generally, and is also on the list for next week.

      2. Chapter 10: Calling to Account: Select Committees - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters

        Chapter  How Parliament works (7th edition, 2015)

      3. Chapter 8: Non-Legislative Policy Work - M. Russell 2013

        Chapter  The contemporary House of Lords: Westminster bicameralism revived. Available via Oxford Scholarship Online.

      4. Select Committees in the House of Commons and the Media - M. Kubala 2011

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 64(2): 694-713. Trivia note: the second item on this list written by one of my former MSc students based on their dissertation!

    3. Additional reading 12 items
      1. Select Committees: Powers and Functions - Christopher Johnson 2018

        Chapter  In Parliament and the Law, edited by Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry

      2. In contempt? Witnesses before select committees | The Institute for Government - H. White 2016

        Article  Institute for Government blogpost briefly exploring whether select committees need greater legal powers to summon witnesses

      3. Pre-Appointment Scrutiny Hearings in the British House of Commons: All Bark, or Some Bite? - Robert Hazell, Mark Chalmers, Meg Russell 2012

        Article  Journal of Legislative Studies 18(2): 222-241

      4. Assessing the Influence of Select Committees in the UK: The Education and Skills Committee, 1997-2005 - Andrew Hindmoor, Phil Larkin, Andrew Kennon 2009

        Article  Journal of Legislative Studies 15(1): 71-89.

      5. Legislation at Westminster: parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law - Meg Russell, Daniel Gover 2017

        Book  Available via Oxford Scholarship Online. Chapter 8 discusses the (perhaps surprising degree of) influence on legislation by select committees

      6. Fuelling the Debate: Committee Successes and Future Challenges - House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee 2015

        Article  Interesting example of a committee auditing the success of its own past work.

      7. 1979 and all that: an alternative view of select committee reform – PSA Parliaments Group 2018

        Webpage  Blog post by Philip Aylett. Argues that the select committees were more important before 1979 than is often recognised.

      8. Smile or smirk? Why non-verbal behaviour matters in parliamentary select committees : Democratic Audit blog 2017

        Webpage  A nice blogpost on the importance of non-verbal communication in select committee hearings, which shows that the parliamentary record does not tell the whole story

    4. Online resources 7 items
      1. UK Parliament - Select Committees

        Webpage  Parliament webpage on select committees.

      2. Review of investigative and scrutiny committees inquiry - House of Lords Liaison Committee 2018

        Webpage  The House of Lords Liaison Committee began a review of the select committee structure in the chamber in 2018

      3. Parliament live.tv - Committees

        Webpage  Link to watch any select committee sessions.

      4. Research Briefings - Effectiveness of select committees - R. Kelly 2013

        Document  Library briefing on effectiveness of select committees.

      5. Select Committees in the House of Lords - Michael Torrance 2017

        Article  Library briefing on select committees in the House of Lords.

      6. Research Briefings - Pre-appointment hearings - Lucinda Maer 2017

        Document  Library briefing on pre-appointment scrutiny by select committees.

  8. Week 6: Parliament and scrutiny 23 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 6: The Administration of Government - P. Norton

        Chapter  Parliament in British politics (Norton). This chapter explores accountability generally, and was also on the list for last week.

      2. Calling to account: questions - Robert Rogers, Rhodri Walters 2015

        Chapter  Digitised reading. Ch. 9 of How Parliament works, 7th ed.

    2. Recommended reading 7 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Chapter 14 by Mark Bennister and Phil Larkin: "Accountability in Parliament". Students may also want to look at chapter 17 by Stephen Bates, Peter Kerr and Ruxandra Serban: "Questioning the Government".

      2. Parliament - John Hutton, Leigh Lewis 2014

        Chapter  Interesting chapter from their book "How to be a Minister", looking at the pressures created by parliament from ministers' perspective. Available online.

      3. Questions to the Prime Minister: A Comparative Study of PMQs from Thatcher to Cameron - S. R. Bates, P. Kerr, C. Byrne, L. Stanley 2014

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 67(2): 253-280

      4. Chapter 8: Non-Legislative Policy Work - M. Russell 2013

        Chapter  The contemporary House of Lords: Westminster bicameralism revived. Available via Oxford Scholarship Online.

      5. The Liaison Committee: taking evidence from the Prime Minister - Richard Kelly 2018

        Document  House of Commons Library briefing paper.

      6. The war powers of the British parliament: What has been established and what remains unclear? - James Strong 2018

        Article  The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 20(1), 19–34.

    3. Additional reading 8 items
      1. Punch & Judy politics: an insiders' guide to Prime Minister's questions - Ayesha Hazarika, Tom Hamilton 2018

        Book  This is an insiders' account of the PMQ process, with lots of interesting gossip and examples. Note it tends to focus on the clash between the PM and Leader of the Opposition, and ideally should have given more attention to backbenchers.

      2. Parliamentary Questioning in 17 European Parliaments: Some Steps towards Comparison - Federico Russo, Matti Wiberg 2010

        Article  Journal of Legislative Studies 16(2): 215-232.

      3. Fiscal-Maze - Parliament, Government and Public Money - A. Brazier, V. Ram 2006

        Document  Hansard Society report

      4. Prime Minister's questions as political ritual - Joni Lovenduski 2012

        Article  British Politics 7(4): 314-340

      5. The British Parliament and Foreign Policy in the 20th Century: Towards Increasing Parliamentarisation? - Pasi Ihalainen, Satu Matikainen 2016

        Article  Note that this is part of a special issue on the topic, which also includes specific articles on the Falklands and Iraq

    4. Online resources 6 items
      1. Research Briefings - Prime Minister's Questions - R. Kelly 2015

        Document  Library briefing on Prime Minister's Questions.

      2. UK Parliament - Urgent Questions

        Webpage  Parliament's page on Urgent Questions

      3. Research Briefings - The Backbench Business Committee - R. Kelly, R. Martin 2015

        Document  Library briefing on the Backbench Business Committee.

  9. Week 7: Local representation and MPs’ constituency links 25 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 11: The Voice of Constituents - P. Norton

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

      2. MPs campaigning for their constituencies - Oonagh Gay 2018

        Chapter  Digitised reading: From Exploring Parliament by Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson

    2. Recommended reading 10 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Other relevant chapters in the book include chapter 25 by David Judge: "MPs and Their Constituencies". Students may also want to look at chapter 18 by Mark Shephard and Jack Simson Caird: "The Role of a Backbench MP".

      2. The Puzzle of Constituency Service - Pippa Norris 1997

        Article  The Journal of Legislative Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, 1997

      3. MPs Go Back to Their Constituencies - Oonagh Gay 2005

        Article  The Political Quarterly 76(1): 57-66.

      4. Chapter 4: Influences on Parliament - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters

        Chapter  How Parliament works (7th edition, 2015)

      5. Backbench and Leadership Roles in the House of Commons - D. D. Searing 1995

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 48 (3)

      6. The Effect of Digital Media on MPs' Communication with Constituents - A. Williamson 2009

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 62(3): 514-527.

      7. Introduction: Linking Parliaments and Citizens - Philip Norton 2002

        Chapter  Digitised reading from Parliaments and Citizens in Western Europe (Norton)

      8. What Should MPs Do? Public and Parliamentarians' Views Compared - Rosie Campbell, Joni Lovenduski 2015

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 68(4), pp.690-708

      9. What are MPs for? - Tony Wright 2010

        Article  The Political Quarterly 81(3): 298-308

    3. Additional reading 9 items
      1. The Growth of the Constituency Role of the MP - Philip Norton 1994

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 47(4): 705-720.

      2. MPs and their e-Newsletters: Winning Votes by Promoting Constituency Service - Nigel Jackson 2008

        Article  The Journal of Legislative Studies 14(4): 488-499

      3. Perception or Reality: How MPs Believe the Internet Helps Them Win Votes - Nigel Jackson 2011

        Article  Journal of Political Marketing 10(3): 230-250

      4. Casework as a Technique of US Congressional Oversight of the Executive - John R. Johannes 1979

        Article  Legislative Studies Quarterly 4 (3): 325 - 351

      5. The Constituency Work of Scottish and Welsh MPs: Adjusting to Devolution - Meg Russell, Jonathan Bradbury 2007

        Article  Regional and Federal Studies 17(1): 97-116

      6. House or home? Constituent preferences over legislator effort allocation - Nick Vivyan, Markus Wagner 2016

        Article  European Journal of Political Research

    4. Online resources 4 items
      1. What is an MP for? | PoliticsHome.com

        Webpage  Short, combative piece written by an MP arguing that constituency work is a distraction from MPs' policy focus

      2. UK Parliament - Parliamentary constituencies

        Webpage  Parliamentary landing page for constituencies, with lots of information on individual constituencies, as well as select committee and Commons reports on boundaries/boundary changes

      3. Report to the House of Commons Administration Committee on the findings of the interview study with Members on leaving Parliament 2016

        Document  Interesting report which interviews MPs about their roles. Not entirely about constituency work, but that proved to be a major theme.

  10. Week 8: External influences on parliament 23 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 12: Speaking for different interests - P. Norton

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

      2. Campaigning to change law and policy - Paul E.J. Thomas, Stacey Frier 2018

        Chapter  Digitised reading : From Exploring Parliament by Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson

    2. Recommended reading 7 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book  Other relevant chapters in the book include chapter 15 by Andrew Defty and Hannah White: "Evidence from Outside", chapter 20 by Mark D'Arcy: "Media Scrutiny of Parliament", chapter 29 by Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Aileen Walker: "Parliament and Public Engagement", and chapter 30 by Thomas Cayhill and Anne-Marie Griffiths: "Parliament and Petitions".

      2. Pressure politics outside Whitehall: Parliament, the Courts and local government - Wyn Grant 2000

        Chapter  Digitised reading (from Grant's book Pressure Groups and British Politics).

      3. Legislation at Westminster: parliamentary actors and influence in the making of British law - Meg Russell, Daniel Gover 2017 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 7 on the role of pressure groups in the legislative process.

      4. The Regulation of Lobbyists - O. Gay 2016

        Chapter  In "Parliament: Legislation and Accountability", edited by A. Horne and A. Le Sueur (available online)

    3. Additional reading 7 items
      1. Legislatures, Lobbying, and Interest Groups - A.S. Binderkrantz 2014

        Chapter  Available online. In The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies. S. Martin, T. Saalfeld and K. Strom. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

      2. United Kingdom: Parliament under pressure - Philip Norton 1999

        Chapter  Digitised reading (from Parliaments and pressure groups in Western Europe).

      3. Lobbying Parliament - Michael Rush 1990

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 43(2): 141-148

      4. Parliament and pressure politics - Michael Rush, Study of Parliament Group 1990

        Book 

      5. Chapter 4: The Challenge of Interest Representation. - David Judge 1993

        Chapter  Digitised from The parliamentary state (Judge)

      6. The policy machinery - J.J. Richardson, A.G. Jordan 1979

        Chapter  Digitised reading from Governing under pressure: the policy process in a post-parliamentary democracy (Richardson and Jordan).

    4. Online resources 7 items
      1. How to lobby your member of parliament

        Document  Amnesty International document ‘How to lobby your member of parliament’

      2. UK Parliament tour - Central Lobby 2010

        Audio-visual document  Video on central lobby and where the term ‘lobbying’ came from (3 mins)

      3. Research Briefings - e-Petitions - R. Kelly, S. Priddy 2015

        Document  House of Commons Library briefing on the e-petitions system

      4. All-Party Parliamentary Groups - Richard Kelly, S. Yousaf 2014

        Article  House of Commons Library paper

  11. Week 9: The politics of parliamentary reform 26 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Chapter 14: The Reform of Parliament - P. Norton

        Chapter  From Philip Norton's Parliament in British Politics (2013)

      2. Chapter 10: The Politics of Lords Reform - Meg Russell 2013

        Chapter  The contemporary House of Lords: Westminster bicameralism revived (Russell)

    2. Recommended reading 8 items
      1. Understanding Parliamentary reform - Alexandra Kelso

        Chapter  Digitised from Parliamentary reform at Westminster (Kelso, 2009) – see below for the link to the book.

      2. Parliamentary reform at Westminster - Alexandra Kelso 2009

        Book 

      3. Chapter 12: The Future of Parliament - R. Rogers, R. H. Walters

        Chapter  How Parliament works (7th edition, 2015)

      4. Why are Second Chambers so Difficult to Reform? - Meg Russell, Mark Sandford 2002

        Article  The Journal of Legislative Studies 8 (3): 79 - 89

      5. Chapter 1 : Forty years on and a future agenda - Michael Ryle 2005

        Chapter  Digitised reading from The future of Parliament: issues for a new century (ed. Giddings)

      6. Parliamentary Reform and the Accountability of Government to the House of Commons - R. Kelly, L. Maer 2016

        Chapter  In "Parliament: Legislation and Accountability", edited by A. Horne and A. Le Sueur (available online)

    3. Additional reading 11 items
      1. House of Lords reform since 1911: must the Lords go? - Peter Dorey, Alexandra Kelso 2011

        Book 

      2. Reform of the House of Lords - Philip Norton 2017

        Book  Short book by Norton, who is a member of the House of Lords and has some strong views on reform.

      3. Volcanic politics: Executive-Legislative relations in Britain, 1997-2005 - Matthew Flinders 2006

        Article  Australian Journal of Political Science 41(3): 385-406

      4. Chapter 4: New Parliamentary Landscapes - A. Kelso 2011

        Chapter  Developments in British politics 9 (eds. Richard Heffernan, Philip Cowley, Colin Hay)

      5. Revisiting Rebuilding the House: The Impact of the Wright Reforms 2013

        Document  Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (2013) (Third Report of Session 2013-14, Volume I)

      6. Is the House of Lords Already Reformed? - Meg Russell 2003

        Article  The Political Quarterly 74(3): 311-318

      7. Prospects for Parliamentary Reform - T. Wright 2004

        Article  Parliamentary Affairs 57(4): 867-876

    4. Online resources 5 items
      1. House of Commons Procedure Committee - UK Parliament

        Webpage  Includes links to current and previous inquiries and reports

      2. UK Parliament - Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy -

        Webpage  Website for the Speaker’s Commission on digital democracy

      3. How undemocratic is the House of Lords? : Democratic Audit 2018

        Webpage  Just as Norton's short book on Lords reform (see above) may display some bias towards the House of Lords, this analysis displays some bias against. But it is mostly fair, and helpfully up-to-date.

  12. Week 10: Assessing the power of parliament 16 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Mind the Gap: Political Analysis, Public Expectations and the Parliamentary Decline Thesis - Matthew Flinders, Alexandra Kelso 2011

        Article  The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 13 (2): 249 - 268

    2. Recommended reading 7 items
      1. Chapter 13: Conclusion - Parliament, the Power and the Future - P. Norton

        Chapter  Norton, P. Parliament in British politics (2013)

      2. Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics and Legislative Bicameralism - M. Russell 2013

        Chapter  Russell,M. (2013) The Contemporary House of Lords; Available via Oxford Scholarship Online

      3. Voting on Military Action in Syria: A Reply - Gavin Phillipson 2015

        Webpage  Blog post from Philipson (a professor of law), arguing that David Cameron's decision NOT to propose a vote on military action until he knew he could win such a vote was a sign of parliamentary strength, not weakness

      4. Parliament: a Significant Constraint on Government - M. Russell 2016

        Chapter  In "Developments in British Politics 10", edited by Heffernan, Hay, Russell and Cowley

      5. Conclusion: Parliamentary Power and the Legislative Process 2017

        Chapter  From Russell and Gover's Legislation at Westminster. Available via Oxford Scholarship Online.

    3. Additional reading 5 items
      1. What is parliament for? - Adam Tomkins 2003

        Chapter  Digitised reading. From Bamforth and Leyland (eds) 'Public law in a multi-layered constitution'

      2. Making parliament matter? - Phillip Cowley 2006

        Chapter  Digitised reading. From Dunleavy (ed) 'Developments in British politics 8'

      3. The parliamentary state - David Judge 1993

        Book 

      4. Governing under pressure: the policy process in a post-parliamentary democracy - J. J. Richardson, A. G. Jordan 1979

        Book 

    4. Online resources 2 items
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