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Title: Lords reform and hunting 1997-2005
Author: Kelly, David Patrick
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2012
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Prior to 1999, scholarly works on bicameral parliamentary systems painted to the dominance of the British House of Commons over the legislative process and placed the House of Lords within the category of weaker second chambers. Yet despite manifesto commitments and massive parliamentary majorities in 1997 and 2001 the Labour government experienced extraordinary difficulty with the passage of its legislation on Lords reform and hunting. These difficulties raise some important questions concerning those particular cases, the nature of bicameral relations at Westminster and the impact of stage one Lords reform on the legislative process. Using documentary analysis and elite interviews this thesis investigates the nature of the government's difficulties; the possibility of connections between the two issues and how they might have affected the progress of each; the influence of such difficulties on other legislation. The thesis concludes that opposition from within the House of Lords and connections between Lords reform and hunting did add to the government's difficulties with both issues. However, the thesis identifies vacillation and interference by the Prime Minister as the main source of the difficulties, a factor that had important implications for the government's management of the legislative process, the cohesion of the PLP, and relationships between the two chambers. This thesis not only adds to our understanding of bicameralism in the United Kingdom but provides a platform for further study of other Westminster-type legislatures.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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