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House of Lords: an audio collection

Updated Friday 24th February 2017

Dr Richard Heffernan discusses the past, present and future of the House of Lords.

Dr Richard Heffernan is a Reader in Government at The Open University, specialising in British politics. In these 6 audio tracks, he considers the development of the House of Lords, its membership and its relationship with the House of Commons.

Listen to the audio tracks

How has the Lords developed over the course of its history?

What specifically happened to the Lords over the course of the 20th century?

What purpose does the House of Lords serve in Britain's political system?

To what extent can the House of Lords frustrate the will of the elected House of Commons?

How do you get to be a member of the House of Lords?

What is meant by 'bicameralism'?


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