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  1. Reading

    The lists of texts below are not exhaustive but are intended to guide you towards the most useful literature on the topics covered in the module. You are expected to show initiative in reading widely and finding information.  You should read a sample of sources from the relevant reading lists in preparation for each seminar.

  2. General Bibliography 48 items
    1. The most useful texts for the module are:

    2. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

      Book Recommended for Purchase This is the most useful text for the module and you are advised to purchase a copy if possible.

    3. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

      Book 

    4. Other very useful texts for the module include the following:

    5. How Parliament Works - Nicolas Besly, Tom Goldsmith, Robert Rogers, Rhodri Walters 2018

      Book Essential

    6. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

      Book  This is an e-Book

    7. Parliament and the law - Horne, Alexander, Drewry, Gavin, Oliver, Dawn, Study of Parliament Group 2013

      Book Background

    8. Griffith and Ryle on Parliament: functions, practice and procedures - Griffith, John A. G., Ryle, Michael, Blackburn, Robert, Kennon, Andrew 2003

      Book Background

    9. Parliament today - Rush, Michael 2005

      Book Background

    10. Parliament in the 21st Century - Baldwin, Nicholas 2005

      Book Background

    11. For some very readable MPs' insights into the workings of the House of Commons see:

    12. How to be an MP - Flynn, Paul, Flynn, Paul 2012

      Book 

    13. Point of departure - Cook, Robin F 2003

      Book Background

    14. There is a large range of material that considers legislatures comparatively, or at least covers a wide-range of parliaments.  Among the texts useful for comparative purposes are:

    15. Comparing and classifying legislatures - Arter, David 2007

      Book Background

    16. The Journal of Legislative Studies - Volume 12, Issue 3-4

      Journal Background Special issue of Journal of Legislative Studies

    17. Party discipline and parliamentary government - Bowler, Shaun, Farrell, David M., Katz, Richard S., European Consortium for Political Research 1999

      Book Background

    18. Legislative voting and accountability - Carey, John M. 2009

      Book Background

    19. The handbook of national legislatures: a global survey - Fish, M. Steven, Kroenig, Matthew 2008

      Book Background

    20. Institutional theory and legislatures - David Judge 2008

      Document Background

    21. Legislatures: comparative perspectives on representative assemblies - Loewenberg, Gerhard, Squire, Peverill, Kiewiet, D. Roderick 2002

      Book Background

    22. Parliaments in Western Europe - Norton, Philip 1990 (1996 printing)

      Book Background

    23. Legislatures - Norton, Philip 1990

      Book Background especially parts I and III and the chapter by Anthony King, pp.208-36

    24. Parliaments: a Framework for Analysis - Philip Norton 1990

      Article Background For a link to a scan of this article, see the bookmark to this under Seminar 2, section 'On the functions of legislatures in comparative perspective'.

    25. Presidents and assemblies: constitutional design and electoral dynamics - Shugart, Matthew Soberg, Carey, John M. 1992

      Book Background

    26. Delegation and accountability in parliamentary democracies - Strøm, Kaare, Müller, Wolfgang C., Bergman, Torbjörn 2003

      Book Background

    27. Journals 12 items
      1. The most useful journals for this module are the two below:

      2. It is also worth looking through recent issues of other relevant journals, listed below, as these tend to provide up-to-date articles that are usually not too lengthy.

      3. Political Studies

        Journal Background

  3. Seminar Reading 98 items
    1. Seminar 1:Introduction to Parliament and the module, and parliamentary research skills (RW) 7 items
      1. This seminar will provide details of the module and teaching arrangements. The session will also introduce the research skills and resources which students should use for the module, including an introduction to resources on Parliament's website and explanation of primary documents such as Parliamentary business papers and Command papers.

        Students must have a good look around Parilament's website (http://www.parliament.uk/) in preparation for this session.

      2. Essential reading 2 items
        1. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

          Book  See chapters 1-2

        2. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

          Book  Please read chapters 1-2

      3. Further reading 4 items
        1. Parliament under Blair - Peter Riddell 2000

          Book  See chapter 1

        2. Parliament today - Michael Rush 2005

          Book  See chapter 1

        3. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

          Book  See chapter 2

        4. The parliamentary state - David Judge 1993

          Book 

    2. Seminar 2: Parliamentary sovereignty and the functions of legislatures (RW) 15 items
      This session will consider the concept of Parliamentary sovereignty and how it has evolved over time, and the multiple, over-lapping and potentially conflicting political relationships within the Palace of Westminster.
      1. Essential reading 2 items
        1. Parliament in British Politics - Philip Norton 2013

          Book  See chapters 1-2

        2. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

          Book  See chapter 4

      2. Specifically on Parliamentary sovereignty, see: 5 items
        1. The new British constitution - Vernon Bogdanor 2009

          Book  See chapter 1

        2. The British constitution in the twentieth century - Vernon Bogdanor, British Academy 2003

          Book  See Geoffrey Marshall, 'The Constitution: Its theory and interpretation’ [particularly the section on parliamentary sovereignty]

        3. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

          Book  See chapter 7

      3. On classifying legislatures and the functions of legislatures in comparative perspective, see: 4 items
        1. The Oxford handbook of legislative studies 2014

          Book  See chapter on typologies by Amie Kreppel.

        2. Legislatures - Philip Norton 1990

          Book  See chapter by Nelson Polsby

      4. On reform of the House of Commons, see: 4 items
    3. Seminar 3: The Legislative Process (RW and Parliament) 36 items
      1. Essential reading: 2 items
        1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

          Book Essential See chapter 7, 'The Legislative Cycle' and chapter 8 'Parliamentary Scrutiny and Influence on Government Bills'.

      2. Further reading: 17 items
        1. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

          Book  See chapter 6.

        2. Griffith and Ryle on Parliament: functions, practice and procedures - John A. G. Griffith, Michael Ryle, Robert Blackburn, Andrew Kennon 2003

          Book  See chapter 6

        3. Parliament and the law - Horne, Alexander, Drewry, Gavin, Oliver, Dawn, Study of Parliament Group 2013

          Book  See D. Oliver, 'Parliament and the Courts: A Pragmatic (or Principled) Defence of the Sovereignty of Parliament' and M. Hunt 'The Joint Committee on Human Rights'

        4. The law-making process - Michael Zander 2015

          Book  See chapter 2

        5. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

          Book  See chapter by Thompson and McNulty, 'Committee Scrutiny of Legislation'.

      3. On private members' bills, see: 6 items
        1. Private members' bills - David Marsh, Melvyn Read 1988

          Book 

      4. Select committee report 1 item
        1. The Legislative Process HC 1097 (2006) - Select Committee on the Modernisation of the House of Commons

          Document 

      5. House of Commons Library Papers 7 items
      6. For comparisons with the legislative process in the US see:

    4. Seminar 4: Parliamentary parties at Westminster (RW) 40 items
      1. Essential reading 2 items
        1. The rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority - Philip Cowley 2005

          Book Essential See chapter 2

        2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

          Book Essential See chapter 24 'Whips and Rebels'.

      2. MPs' voting behaviour 19 items
        1. Revolts and rebellions: parliamentary voting under Blair - Philip Cowley 2002

          Book 

        2. Ideology, Grandstanding, and Strategic Party Disloyalty in the British Parliament - JONATHAN B. SLAPIN, JUSTIN H. KIRKLAND, JOSEPH A. LAZZARO, PATRICK A. LESLIE 2017-9-11

          Article 

        3. David Cameron and Conservative renewal: the limits of modernisation? 2016

          Book  See chapter 5 'The Parliamentary Party' by Philip Cowley, Mark Stuart and Tiffany Trenner-Lyle.

        4. The politics of coalition: how the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government works - Robert Hazell, Ben Yong 2012

          Book  See chapter by Ben Yong on 'The Coalition in Parliament'

        5. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

          Book  The chapter by James Cran and Lord Davis (Parliament, Parties and Whips) has been digitised. To access this, see the link to this book under 'Other useful texts for the module' near the start of the reading list.

        6. The Public Whip —

          Website  House of Commons voting data are available here

        7. For useful data on rebellions during the first two years of the coalition government, you can find The Bumper Book of Coalition Rebellions (by Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart) on the Blackboard site for this module under Module Materials.

      3. Voting behaviour in the Lords 8 items
        1. Government Defeats in the House of Lords

          Webpage  Provides an up-to-date list of government defeats in the House of Lords

        2. The Contemporary House of Lords - Meg Russell

          Webpage  See chapter 5 'Political Actors in the Lords'.

      4. Comparing political parties in legislatures 11 items
        1. Intra-party politics and coalition governments - Daniela Giannetti, Kenneth Benoit 2008

          Book  See chapter by Sam Depauw and Shane Martin 'Legislative Party Discipline and Cohesion in Comparative Perspective'.

        2. Democratic politics in the European Parliament - Simon Hix, Abdul Noury, Gérard Roland 2007

          Book  see discussion of theories of party cohesion in ch.5

        3. Party discipline and parliamentary government - Shaun Bowler, David M. Farrell, Richard S. Katz, European Consortium for Political Research 1999

          Book 

        4. Cohesion in Legislatures and the Vote of Confidence Procedure - Daniel Diermeier and Timothy J. Feddersen 1998

          Article 

        5. Legislatures: comparative perspectives on representative assemblies - Gerhard Loewenberg, Peverill Squire, D. Roderick Kiewiet 2002

          Book  See Michael Laver, ‘Divided Parties, Divided Government’

        6. Presidents and assemblies: constitutional design and electoral dynamics - Matthew Soberg Shugart, John M. Carey 1992

          Book 

        7. Setting the agenda: responsible party government in the U.S. House of Representatives - Gary W. Cox, Mathew D. McCubbins 2005

          Book 

        8. Legislative voting and accountability - John M. Carey 2009

          Book 

  4. Seminar 5: Trip to Westminster (Tuesday 6 November) 2 items
    We will also have a seminar this week as normal on Friday 10 November allowing students to give feedback and reflect on (a) the module so far and (b) the trip to Westminster in particular. We will preview upcoming topics and students will have a chance to ask questions about the second assessed essay assignment.
    1. Essential reading prior to Westminster trip 2 items
      1. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

        Book  See chapter 5

      2. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

        Book  Chapter 6.

  5. Seminar 6: The role and reform of select committees (Parliament and RW) 39 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

        Book Essential See chapter 5

      2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book Essential See chapter 16 'Select committees'.

    2. Further reading (technical) 5 items
      1. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

        Book  See chapter 10.

      2. Griffith and Ryle on Parliament: functions, practice and procedures - John A. G. Griffith, Michael Ryle, Robert Blackburn, Andrew Kennon 2003

        Book  See chapter 11

      3. Parliament and the law - Horne, Alexander, Drewry, Gavin, Oliver, Dawn, Study of Parliament Group 2013

        Book  See Kelly, R, ‘Select Committees: Functions and Powers’

    3. Academic analyses 17 items
      1. Parliamentary reform at Westminster - Alexandra Kelso 2009

        Book 

      2. Select committees under scrutiny - Lucinda Maer, Mark Sandford

        Document 

    4. On public bill committees (previously known as standing committees) 2 items
    5. Select committee reports and other Parliamentary publications 9 items
      1. Guide for Select Committee Members - Parliament

        Document  This is a useful guide produced by Parliament for MPs taking up positions on select committees.

      2. Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers - House of Commons Liaison Committee 2012

        Document 

      3. Work of the Committee in the 2010-15 Parliament - Backbench Business Committee

        Document 

    6. Comparing committees in legislatures 4 items
      1. Parliaments and Majority Rule in Western Europe

        Webpage  See the chapter Mattson, I. and Strøm, K., 'Parliamentary Committees'

      2. The Electoral Connection and Legislative Committees - Brian F. Crisp, Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Bradford S. Jones, Mark P. Jones 03/2009

        Article 

  6. Seminar 7: MPs and their constituents (RW) 32 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

        Book Essential See chapters 10-11 (the rest of Part III is also useful for this topic)

      2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book Essential See chapter 25, 'MPs and their constituents'.

    2. Further reading 30 items
      1. A New Ethical World of British MPs? - Nicholas Allen 09/2008

        Article 

      2. What Should MPs Do? Public and Parliamentarians' Views Compared - Rosie Campbell, Joni Lovenduski 10/2015

        Article 

      3. Dyadic Representation in a Westminster System - Chris Hanretty, Benjamin E. Lauderdale, Nick Vivyan 07/2016

        Article 

      4. How to be an MP - Flynn, Paul, Flynn, Paul 2012

        Book  The chapter on 'The Constituency' has been scanned.

      5. The Dimensions and Impact of Political Discontent in Britain - Will Jennings, Gerry Stoker, Joe Twyman 23/01/2016

        Article 

      6. The puzzle of constituency service - Pippa Norris 06/1997

        Article 

      7. Parliament today - Michael Rush 2005

        Book  See especially chapter 10

      8. All Change in the House? The Profile of Candidates and MPs in the 2015 British General Election - Chrysa Lamprinakou, Marco Morucci, Rosie Campbell, Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson 24/10/2016

        Article 

      9. Legislator Dissent as a Valence Signal - Rosie Campbell, Philip Cowley, Nick Vivyan, Markus Wagner 2016-6-24

        Article 

      10. Dyadic Representation in a Westminster System - Chris Hanretty, Benjamin E. Lauderdale, Nick Vivyan 07/2016

        Article 

  7. Seminar 8: The role and reform of the House of Lords (Parliament and RW) 37 items
    1. Essential reading 3 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book Essential See chapter 19 'Scrutiny by the House of Lords' and chapter 23 'Representation in the Lords'.

    2. Technical/descriptive reading 2 items
      1. Griffith and Ryle on Parliament: functions, practice and procedures - John A. G. Griffith, Michael Ryle, Robert Blackburn, Andrew Kennon 2003

        Book 

      2. Parliament and the law - Horne, Alexander, Drewry, Gavin, Oliver, Dawn, Study of Parliament Group 2013

        Book  See Le Sueur, A & J. Simson Caird, ‘The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution'

    3. On the role of the House of Lords 16 items
      1. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

        Book  See chapters on the Lords

      2. The Policy Impact of Defeats in the House of Lords - Meg Russell, Maria Sciara 11/2008

        Article 

      3. The House of Lords - Donald Shell 2007

        Book 

      4. The House of Lords at work: a study based on the 1988-1989 session - Donald Shell, David Beamish, Study of Parliament Group 1993

        Book 

    4. Reform of the House of Lords 11 items
      1. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

        Book  See Russell, Meg, ‘The House of Lords and Reform: A View from the Outside’

      2. What are Second Chambers for? - M. Russell 01/07/2001

        Article 

    5. House of Commons Library Papers 5 items
  8. Seminar 9. Parliament, the EU and the Brexit process (Parliament and RW) 19 items
    1. Essential reading 5 items
      1. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book Essential See chapter 10, 'EU Legislation'.

      2. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

        Book  See chapter 7

      3. How parliament works - Robert Rogers, R. H. Walters 2015

        Book 

      4. Parties, Parliament and Brexit - Adam Cygan, Philip Lynch, Richard Whitaker

        Website 

    2. Select committee reports 3 items
      1. Reforming the European Scrutiny System in the House of Commons - House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee 2013

        Document 

    3. Academic analyses 5 items
      1. Parliament under Blair - Peter Riddell 2000

        Book  See chapter 2

      2. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

        Book  See Richard Whitaker, 'Parliament and the European Union: Refrigerators, Readings and Reforms'

    4. Comparative material 3 items
      1. Handbook on multi-level governance - Henrik Enderlein, Sonja Wälti, Michael Zürn c2010

        Book  See the chapter by Berthold Rittberger, ‘Multi-Level Governance and Parliaments’

    5. House of Commons Library Papers 3 items
  9. Seminar 10: Parliament and devolution, and module conclusion (RW) 21 items
    1. Essential reading 5 items
      1. Parliament in British politics - Norton, Philip 2013

        Book  See chapter 8

      2. Exploring Parliament - Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson 2018

        Book Essential See chapter 27, 'Parliament and Devolution'.

      3. How Parliament works - Robert Rogers, Rhodri Walters 2006

        Book  See chapter 4

    2. Further reading 16 items
      1. The West Lothian Question - V. Bogdanor 01/01/2010

        Article 

      2. Devolution in the United Kingdom - Vernon Bogdanor 2001

        Book 

      3. Proportional representation and the constituency role in Britain - Thomas Carl Lundberg 2007

        Book 

      4. Devolution and British politics - Michael O'Neill 2004

        Book 

      5. Parliament under Blair - Peter Riddell 2000

        Book  See chapter 5

      6. Parliament in the 21st century - Nicholas Baldwin 2005

        Book  See Barry Winetrobe, ‘Parliament and Devolution: Westminster in the Age of Multi-Layer Democracy’

      7. Does devolution make a difference? Legislative output and policy divergence in Scotland - Michael Keating, Linda Stevenson, Paul Cairney, Katherine Taylor 10/2003

        Article 

      8. Wales and the Westminster Model - A. Trench 01/01/2010

        Article 

      9. Devolution in Britain today - Russell Deacon 2006

        Book  See this for background on the devolution settlements

  10. Digitised readings 6 items
    1. Parliaments and citizens in Italy: a distant relationship - Norton, Philip, V. Della Sala (auth) P. Norton (ed.)

      Chapter 

    2. The Legislature of the Czech Republic - Olson, D.M., Norton, P., Jana Reschova and Jinriska Syllova

      Chapter 

    3. Chapter 1: The parliament of the Czech Republic 1993-2004 - Olson, David M., L. Linek & Z. Mansfeldova (auth) D.M. Olson and P. Norton

      Chapter 

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