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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 6th edition (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140583255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405832557
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It’s a rare treat to find such a comprehensive and authoritative guide that is written with such elegance and can be read with such pleasure.”

Sir Antony Jay, writer, Yes Minister

 

 “When the British constitution is in such flux, describing today’s Parliament might seem like drawing on water. But in this account Robert Rogers and Rhodri Walters have achieved the near- impossible; it is clear, elegant, invaluable, bang up-to-date and full of dry wit.”

Andrew Marr, BBC Political Editor, 2000-2005

 

“Acute observation and analysis of the tensions and potential of Parliament. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of democracy.”

Tam Dalyell, MP, 1962-2005 and Father of the House, 2001-2005

 

“An indispensable guide to anyone who is truly concerned about our democratic process. A splendidly helpful book.”

Sir Patrick Cormack FSA, MP

 

“A must for everyone who needs to know about Parliament. Comprehensive and authoritative, this really is how Parliament works.”

Betty Boothroyd (The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Boothroyd OM), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1992-2000

 

“The great virtue of How Parliament Works is that it not only explains the mysteries of what happens in the Palaceof Westminster, but also shows why they matter.”

Peter Riddell, Chief Political Commentator of The Times

 

“Much more than a clear and concise introduction to Parliament. Despite my years as a political scientist, I gained a lot of new insights.”

Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Manchester

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“It is a rare treat to find such a comprehensive and authoritative guide that is written with such elegance and can be read with such pleasure”

- Sir Antony Jay, writer, Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister

"When the British constitution is in such flux, describing today's Parliament might seem like drawing on water. But in this account Robert Rogers and Rhodri Walters have achieved the near-impossible; it is clear, elegant, invaluable, bang up-to-date and full of dry wit." Andrew Marr 

"Acute observation and analysis of the tensions and potential of Parliament. This book is required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of democracy."Tam Dalyell, MP from 1962-2005 and Father of the House, 2001-2005

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How Parliament Works is a classic. It has become a standard text both inside and outside Parliament. Written by expert insiders, it is a straightforward and readable analysis of one of the country's most complex - and often misunderstood - institutions.

How Parliament Works:

  • Provides a unique insight into the work and daily life of Parliament.
  • Not only describeswhat happens, but explainswhy.
  • Analyses strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for Parliament to be more effective.

This edition is fully revised to take account of recent changes in both Houses, the 2005 General Election and the outlook for the new Parliament. It covers the latest - and expected - developments in the legislative process, select committee work, parliamentary questions, the relationship between Parliament and the European Union, and Lords reform.

How Parliament Works is an invaluable companion to the study of politics at AS, A2 and university level, and provides a wealth of source material for teachers.

The authors
Robert Rogers
andRhodri Walters are senior officers of the Commons and the Lords respectively. They each have more than 30 years' practical experience and insight into the workings of Parliament.

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"A must for everyone who needs to know about Parliament. Comprehensive and authoritative, this really is how Parliament works."Betty Boothroyd (Baroness Boothroyd, CH), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1992-2000

"The great virtue ofHow Parliament Works is that it not only explains the mysteries of what happens in the Palace of Westminster, but also shows why they matter."Peter Riddell, Chief Political Commentator of The Times and author of The Unfulfilled Prime Minister - Tony Blair's quest for a legacy

"Much more than a clear and concise introduction to Parliament. Despite my years as a political scientist, I gained a lot of new insights."Professor Gerry Stoker, Manchester University

"An indispensable guide to anyone who is truly concerned about our democratic process. A splendidly helpful book."
Sir Patrick Cormack FSA MP


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 26 Aug. 2011
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How Parliament Works is a useful handbook for someone with a pre-existing interest or insight into parliament. Many procedures which a person with half an interest in parliament would be aware of such as Prime Minister's questions, committees or different types of bill are set in the wider context of the workings of Westminster.

I'm not sure I agree with Andrew Marr's review that it is "full of dry wit" but there are some good examples of where MPs and Lords have been caught in loopholes or procedures.

I recommend the book as most people will learn something new - but if you're not in any rush to buy it then perhaps wait to see if a new edition comes out which encompasses planned changes to the House of Lords under the coalition. You will see that they regularly print new editions and I suspect that another one is just around the corner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Hulme on 3 April 2015
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A fantastic book for anybody that wants to shine a light into the workings of Parliament. It explains in a straight forward fashion the processes and functions that are at work within. My son has walked off with my copy, so it's safe to say that it is as useful to a student as it was to me the just curious.
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