The House of Lords

  • F. N. Forman
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The House of Lords, which Walter Bagehot described in 1867 as one of the ‘dignified’ as opposed to the ‘efficient’ parts of the constitution, has had a long and varied history during which it has displayed considerable institutional resilience. However, since the 1832 Reform Act, its existence has been characterised by steadily declining political power, offset to some extent by its continuing political influence, especially in the Conservative party.


Labour Party Reform Proposal Conservative Party Shipbuilding Industry Conservative Majority 
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Further Reading

  1. Adonis, A., Parliament Today (Manchester University Press, 1990), pp. 127–68.Google Scholar
  2. Bagehot, W., The English Constitution (London: Fontana, 1978).Google Scholar
  3. Bromhead, P. A., The House of Lords and Contemporary Politics (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958).Google Scholar
  4. Longford, Lord, A History of the House of Lords (London: Collins, 1988).Google Scholar
  5. Morgan, J. P., The House of Lords and the Labour Labour Government, 1964–70 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975).Google Scholar
  6. Norton, P. (ed.), Parliament in the 1980s (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985).Google Scholar
  7. Shell, D., The House of Lords (Oxford: Philip Allan, 1988).Google Scholar

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© F. N. Forman 1991

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