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The Politics of Parliamentary Procedure at Westminster

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-308
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Law
Issue number2
Early online date31 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017



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The UK Parliament is in a state of flux, reflecting radical changes in British society and its political life, as well as rising demands to be more effective and accountable to public opinion. The rules and procedures by which Parliament operates, and political conflicts and pressures are resolved, are a vital element in the study and understanding of UK constitutional law. This article analyses the nature, scope and effects of parliamentary practice and procedure at Westminster, and how they are utilised by government ministers, the opposition and backbench members, for their respective political ends. It considers the impact of recent procedural changes and likely future developments.

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