• Bill Coxall


The central concern of this chapter is the role of parliament in national politics. We examine the importance of party to the working of the House of Commons, the nature of the representativeness of the lower house of parliament, the constituency work of Members of Parliament, the functions of parliament in the political system, party organisation, recent changes in parliamentary behaviour and organisation, the role of the House of Lords and prospects for the future. The theme of party is the connecting link between these topics. It is argued that the role of parliament in the political system in general has to be understood primarily in terms of the working of the party system within the context of the choices of a democratic electorate channelled in a particular way by the electoral system (Chapter 12). We begin by explaining this key statement.


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Further Reading

  1. Critchley, Julian (1985) Westminster Blues, London, Elm Tree Books, Hamish Hamilton.Google Scholar
  2. Drewry, Gavin (ed.) (1985) The New Select Committees, Oxford, University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Englefield, D. (ed.) (1984) Commons Select Committees, London, Longman.Google Scholar
  4. Forman, F. N. (1985) Mastering British Politics, London, Macmillan.Google Scholar
  5. Jones, Bill and Kavanagh, Dennis (1983) British Politics Today, Manchester, University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Mitchell, Austin (1982) Westminster Man, London, Methuen.Google Scholar
  7. Norton, P. (ed.) (1985) Parliament in the 1980s, Oxford, Basil Blackwell.Google Scholar
  8. Norton, P. (1986) ‘Independence, Scrutiny and Rationalisation: A Decade of Changes in the House of Commons’, Teaching Politics, 15, 1, January.Google Scholar

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© Bill Coxall and Lynton Robins 1992

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