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The house of lords: the working of the electoral process in the 1999 act of parliament

Lankina, Tomila V. and Phillips, Michael (2009) The house of lords: the working of the electoral process in the 1999 act of parliament. Political Quarterly, 80 (1). pp. 42-48. ISSN 0032-3179

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.01956.x


This article investigates the working of the 1999 Act of Parliament in relation to the electoral process. One of the more controversial measures in the 1999 Act was the preservation of the representation of the hereditary element in the House of Lords. In the 2007-2008 session of Parliament, Lord Avebury introduced the House of Lords (Amendment) Bill, to repeal this electoral process, and Lord (David) Steel of Aikwood introduced the House of Lords Bill, which had provisions to the same effect as Lord Avebury's Bill. The working of this electoral process is therefore likely to be a topic of debate in the 2008-2009 session of the House of Lords. We suggest that there are three possible options to deal with the likely future issues for this electoral process. These we present as a contribution to a wider debate on the way forward for this constitutional issue.

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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: Government
International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:43

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