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  • Chapter 4.4: How undemocratic is the House of Lords?

    Sean Kippin, Sonali Campion

    Chapter from the book: Dunleavy, P et al. 2018. The UK's Changing Democracy: The 2018 Democratic Audit.

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    Sonali Campion, Sean Kippin and the Democratic Audit team examine how the UK’s deeply controversial current second chamber, the House of Lords, matches up to the criteria for liberal democracies with bicameral legislatures. Now an almost-all appointed Chamber, the Lords has achieved recent prominence on Brexit and tax credits by exerting some bipartisan influence moderating Commons proposals. However, its members remain creatures of patronage, and wholly unaccountable to the UK’s citizens. All parties except the Tories now support its replacement by an elected Senate. Increasingly only the Tories and Liberal Democrats are still appointing any peers – although there are also a fifth of peers who are ‘crossbenchers’, not taking a party whip.

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    Kippin S. & Campion S. 2018. Chapter 4.4: How undemocratic is the House of Lords?. In: Dunleavy, P et al, The UK's Changing Democracy. London: LSE Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31389/book1.m
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    Published on Nov. 1, 2018

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