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1. Introduction Alexander Horne and Andrew Le Sueur Part 1: Legislation 2. What is the Parliamentary Scrutiny of Legislation for? Sir Stephen Laws 3. Pre-legislative Scrutiny in Parliament Jessica Mulley and Helen Kinghorn 4. Parliament's Constitutional Standards Jack Simson Caird and Dawn Oliver 5. European Scrutiny Paul Hardy 6. Legislative Scrutiny in the House of Lords Philip Norton (Lord Norton of Louth) Part 2: Accountability 7. Parliamentary Reform and the Accountability of Government to the House of Commons Richard Kelly and Lucinda Maer 8. The Regulation of Lobbyists Oonagh Gay 9. Robot Government: Automated Decision-Making and its Implications for Parliament Andrew Le Sueur 10. Parliament and National Security Alexander Horne and Clive Walker 11. Parliament and International Treaties Arabella Lang 12. Sovereignty, Privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights Alexander Horne and Helene Tyrrell 13. Euroscepticism and Parliamentary Sovereignty: The Lingering Shadows of Factortame and Thoburn Gavin Drewry

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Alexander Horne is Deputy Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the United Kingdom Parliament and a teaching fellow at University College London. Andrew Le Sueur is Professor of Constitutional Justice, University of Essex.


In the uncertain and unpredictable context of constitutional and Parliamentary development, this book is an essential companion. -- From the foreword by Lord Lisvane
The book is an illuminating set of essays on such issues as parliamentary scrutiny of legislation, parliament's constitutional standards, regulation of lobbyists, and parliamentary sovereignty which, taken together, cannot but add to the value to the ongoing debate. * Commonwealth Lawyers' Association and Contributors 2016 *
This volume ... prompts us to ask some difficult questions about how we understand and measure Parliament's role in scrutiny and accountability. It is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the tensions between government and parliament on the one hand and between party politics and scrutiny within the Westminster system. -- Dr Louise Thompson, Lecturer in British Politics, University of Surrey * The Journal of Legislative Studies *
This book will be a helpful guide to anyone who wishes to catch up on recent procedural developments at Westminster...The book provides readers with a good understanding of the speed and direction of movement at a time when UK politics seems volatile and unpredictable. -- Brendan Keith, Registrar of Lords' Interests * The Table *
Overall, the editors have done well to maintain a good balance between information and provocation; the empirical and the rhetorical. This has resulted in some contributions that are must-reads and makes this book a worthy addition to the well-regarded Hart Studies in Constitutional Law series. -- Justin Leslie, Office of the Parliamentary Counsel * Public Law *
This edited collection will be of great interest to those engaged in the study of Parliament and associated matters. The editors have brought together eminent scholars and highly professional and experienced parliamentary officers and staff to offer a detailed analysis of matters that relates to the health of Parliaments and hence the health of democratic political systems. Scholars, parliamentarians, officers and staff of Parliaments and students at the undergraduate and post-graduate level should read this book. -- Colleen Lewis, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University * Australasian Parliamentary Review *
... the contributors between them have a high level of both theoretical understanding and practical expertise and indeed the mixture is manifest from the content, which includes both critical analysis and thoughtful suggestions ... I feel that this is very much a book for those who, frustrated by the academic distinction between law and politics, wish to read material that covers both. The book succeeds very well in that regard and I very much hope that the overlap will come increasingly to be addressed. -- Peter Davis, Former Counsel for Domestic Legislation, House of Commons, UK. * Statute Law Review *

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