An Analysis of the British Backbencher's Power
Brooks, Michael Lee
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My paper will attempt to analyze the power of the backbench MP in the modern political system, focusing heavily on the relationship between a backbencher and his party. It will be my contention throughout that the backbencher does, as Norton contends, "have some effect in the legislative process." The restraints of the strong two party parlimentarian system are indeed numerous for the backbench MPs; yet it is my view that the backbencher has still managed to capture key roles in the governmental process. Often these roles are not very apparent, but, nevertheless, the obvious they do exist. My study will focus on both the obvious and the not-so-obvious roles of the backbencher, in an attempt to discover whether or not their ability to influence the political system is significant.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.