1. Is the EU reducing sovereignty?
a. German: sovereignty is transferring sovereignty. Transforms sovereignty
to a supernational. Can be in national interest to voluntary join
b. Brit: Helps the big countries but the smaller on
1. Devolution or Federalism
a. Administrative devolution is decentralization because dont have direct
democratic accountability over devices being decentralized.
b. Devolution involved legislative power
c. Federalism says certain power are given to territ
1. Constitutional Architecture
a. Economies of Scale: states can be too large and too small. Can Scotland
work in terms of size?
b. Fifth nation problem of whether there is a Britain or just a Scotland,
England, Ireland, and Wales.
c. Try to encourage nat
1. Parties are overwhelmingly middle class. They are very homogenous
a. Parties try to mobilize different segments of society: women; youth; and
b. Create special interests like the Society of Labour Lawyers
c. Financial donations have looked s
1. Salisbury doctrine is a policy that anything in the governments manifesto will not
a. Blair government had to deal with legislative ping pong because introduce
bills that had not been proposed during election cycle
2. Becoming a Lord Now
1. What do Peers do?
a. House of Lords have some specialized committees .
i. One committee looks at how MPs use power delegated to them
ii. Committees will scrutinize secondary legislation to see whether
legislation should be passed
b. Legislation: deals
Sitting in the chamber is frequently is a waste of time
the Hang em and flog em brigade
This is of course stupid
1. The House of Commons gradually adopted to democracy over the course of the
19th and early 20th century.
a. House of Commons first came into
a. Backbench committees such as 1922, Conservative backbenchers, seems
important as sounding board for issues within the party. Whips, and PMs
Private Secretary to understand what backbenchers are thinking.
b. Adjournment debates can also be used to raise
1. There are 10 questions. More questions than Monika.
a. There is a question for each class.
b. Need to formulate an argument in response to a question. Questions will
sucker you in, want you to think in an unusual way. Assumptions in
1. Leader of the Opposition
a. Establish tone of the alternative government
b. Privy counselor briefings
c. Lead their party
2. Working the Parliamentary Arithmetic
a. The opposition has to figure out when they can oppose and where they can