Reform of the House of Lords

By Philip Norton

Reform of the House of Lords


  • eBook

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1923-0
  • Pages: 96
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £9.99
  • Published Date: June 2017
  • BIC Category: Constitution: government & the state, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions, Society & social sciences / Political structure & processes, British Politics, Politics & government, Political structure & processes, Society & social sciences / Constitution: government & the state, Society & social sciences / Politics & government
  • Series: Pocket Politics


This book is the only one of its kind, providing a clear and exhaustive analysis of the different approaches to the future of Britain's second chamber. The House of Lords has long been the subject of proposals for reform - some successful, others not - and calls for the existing membership to be replaced by elected members have been a staple of political debate. The debate has been characterised by heat rather than light, proponents and opponents of change often talking past one another. This work gives shape to the debate, drawing out the role of the House of Lords, previous attempts at reform, and the different approaches to the future of the House. It develops the argument for each and analyses the current state of the debate about the future of the upper house in Britain's political system.


1 Why the House of Lords matters
2 Achieving change: reforms, 1911 to 2015
3 Retain
4 Reform
5 Replace
6 Remove altogether
7 The future of the second chamber
Further reading


Philip Norton is Professor of Government at the University of Hull and sits in the House of Lords as Lord Norton of Louth

Newsletter Sign Up

Manchester University Press

Your cart is empty.

Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

(Based on standard shipping costs)

Final cost calculated on checkout
Promotional codes can be added on Checkout