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PIED2706
Module Reading List

The UK Parliament: Between Tradition and Reform, 2017/18, Semester 1
Cristina Leston-Bandeira
C.Lesston-Bandeira@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Below you’ll find: (6.1) an overview of the module’s key readings and resources, followed by (6.2) specific readings recommended for each topic within its respective plan of classes.

General Reading

The module does not have a core book. All essential reading for seminars is available online and we have tried to recommend as much online material as possible. As such there is no need to purchase a book for the module. However, if you wish to buy a book, then we would recommend Crewe (2015), Norton (2013) and/or Rogers and Walters (2015).

Key books about Parliament:

You are highly encouraged to develop your own research also by using the more specialist literature in Journals.

Key journals covering Parliament:

The following journals may also be useful:

Specific reading for each topic

We list below reading for each Seminar. We divide each reading between Essential and Complementary. The readings under Essential are a key component of your preparation for each Seminar, so it is assumed you read these prior to each Seminar.

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Lecture 1: Introduction to the UK Parliament

Seminar: Is Parliament fit for the 21st century?

Essential:

  • Watch Episode 1 of Inside the Commons, BBC, available through Minerva, in the folder TV programmes and Films, in Learning Resources.  
  • Norton, P. (2013) Parliament in British Politics, Chapter 2 – ‘The development of Parliament’, pp.16-47.      

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

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Lecture 2: MPs and Peers: who are they?

Seminar: Are parliamentarians unrepresentative?

Essential:

  • Cowley, P. (2016) ‘Political Recruitment and the Political Class’, in Heffernan, R et al, eds. Developments in British politics 10 ISBN: 9781137494740 (pbk) : £30.99; 9781137494733 (hbk.) : £85.00; 9781137494757 ebk, London, Palgrave, pp 122-142.  

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

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Lecture 3: Representing the People

Seminar: Does constituency work take too much of MPs’ time?

Essential:

  • Crewe, E. (2015) The House of Commons : an anthropology of MPs at work ISBN: 9781474234580 (hardback); 1474234585 (hardback); 9781474234573 (paperback); 1474234577 (paperback); 9781474234603 (ePDF); 9781474234597 (ePub), Chapter 3 – ‘Constituents’ Champions’, pp. 83-110.  

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

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Lecture 4: Law-Making

Seminar: How can Parliament be its most effective in law-making?

Essential:

  • Russell, M., Gover, D. and Wollter, K. (2016) 'Does the Executive Dominate the Westminster Legislative Process?: Six Reasons for Doubt', Parliamentary affairs. ISSN: 0031-2290, 69(2), pp 286-308.  

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

 

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Lecture 5: Visit to Parliament – Module review so far

Seminar: one day visit to the Palace of Westminster

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Lecture 6: Scrutiny and Accountability

Seminar: How effective are Parliamentary Questions?

Essential:

  • Crewe, E. (2015) The House of Commons : an anthropology of MPs at work ISBN: 9781474234580 (hardback); 1474234585 (hardback); 9781474234573 (paperback); 1474234577 (paperback); 9781474234603 (ePDF); 9781474234597 (ePub) Chapter 5 – ‘Scrutiny and Making Trouble’, pp. 151-182.  

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

 

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Lecture 7: Select Committees  

Seminar: What makes a Select Committee particularly effective?

Essential:

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

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Lecture 8: House of Lords

Seminar: Should the House of Lords be reformed?

Essential:

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

 

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Lecture 9: Influencing Parliament

Seminar: Is there any point to petitions?

Essential:

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

 

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Lecture 10: Public Engagement

Seminar: Has Parliament done enough in public engagement?

Essential:

Complementary reading, depending on what you want to focus upon:

This list was last updated on 14/09/2017