Readership: Political/legal academics, advanced students, practitioners and interested general readers in the fields of British and comparative politics, legislative studies, constitutional & administrative law, and comparative law.
Meg Russell, Reader in British and Comparative Politics, Constitution Unit, University College London
Dr Meg Russell is Reader in British and Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science, University College London, where she is Deputy Director of the research centre the Constitution Unit. Her research on the Lords began by considering options for reform based on experience of other bicameral parliaments, resulting in her first book, Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas (OUP, 2000). Since then she has focused increasingly on how the Lords operates now, following its reform in 1999. She has written numerous reports and papers on the British parliament, and parliaments more
broadly, and is frequently cited by policymakers as well as academics. She has acted as a consultant to the Royal Commission on Lords reform (1999-2000), and been an adviser to the Leader of the House of Commons (2001-03) and the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (2009-10).
"[A]n authoritative and very readable scholarly work which is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary British politics." - Gordon Bannerman, LSE Review of Books
A Brief History of the House of Lords
Bicameralism in Theory and Comparative Perspective
A Brief Introduction to the Contemporary House of Lords
Politic Actors in the Lords
The Lords as a Barrier to Government: Legislative Defeats
Negotiated Outcomes and the Wider Legislative Impact of the Lords
Non-Legislative Policy Work
Is the House of Lords 'Legitimate'? Attitudes Towards the Chamber
The Politics of Lords Reform
Conclusions: The House of Lords, British Politics, and Legislative Bicameralism
Watch Meg Russell discuss The Contemporary House of Lords on BBC Booktalk