The Role of the House of Lords in British Politics
The House of Lords is a non-elected body which serves as the upper or second chamber in the British political system. The House of Commons represents the lower chamber. Perhaps what is so significant about the House of Lords is that no other industrialized nation has an upper chamber based on the hereditary principle. In addition members provide expertise on issues that are of importance to them thereby making the House effective in its daily functions. Many, however, are quick to argue that one of the limitations of the House is that it is not an elected chamber. If it were an elected chamber perhaps it would enhance consent and be more representative of the population. I argue strongly that the House as an non-elected chamber is effective in its day to day functions and general proceedings. With all of the functions the Lords possess, the House can efficiently accomplish its work due to behavioral and structural changes which will be discussed later on. The first half of this paper will be devoted to discussing the membership, make-up, functions and general procedures of the House. In the later portion, an evaluative approach will be taken. Behavioral and structural changes in the Lords will be examined along with alternative reforms.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.