How Parliament Works

How Parliament Works

Ninth edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

Written by expert insiders, How Parliament Works is a straightforward and readable analysis of one of the country's most complex - and often misunderstood - institutions. Covering every aspect of the work, membership and structures of both Houses, this key text provides a unique insight into the work and daily life of Parliament.

The ninth edition has been substantially revised to take account of recent changes in both Houses, and to cover all the key issues affecting Parliament and politics, such as:

  • Changes in membership of both Houses since the 2019 general election
  • Developments on Brexit, including Parliament's scrutiny of post-Brexit arrangements
  • Coverage of recent issues such as the Cherry/Miller prorogation case and its implications for the constitutional role of Parliament, the role of the Speaker in the Brexit process, dissent in Parliament and disagreement between the Houses
  • Updates on developments on restoration and renewal
  • New material on representation of different groups in and by Parliament
  • Explanations of Parliament's response to allegations of bullying and harassment
  • How Parliament adapted to carry on functioning during the covid-19 pandemic
  • New in-text features, case studies and photographs

How Parliament Works is essential reading for anyone who has anything to do with the Westminster Parliament: journalists, civil servants, lawyers, lobbyists, business and trade associations, diplomats, overseas parliaments and international bodies - and indeed members of both Houses. How Parliament Works is also an invaluable companion to the study of politics at A, A2 and university level, and provides a wealth of source material for teachers.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781032015019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
Edition: Ninth edition
DEWEY: 328.41
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 423
Weight: 864g
Height: 172mm
Width: 245mm
Spine width: 27mm