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Post-legislative scrutiny in the UK Parliament: adding value

Norton, Philip



Legislatures appoint committees for different purposes. Both Houses of the UK Parliament separate legislative committees from non-legislative, or select, committees. Each is unusual in that it utilises select committees to engage in post-legislative scrutiny. We examine why each engages in this type of scrutiny, given competing demands for limited resources. Distributive and informational theories are utilised to explain the difference between the two chambers, identifying why the form of asymmetrical bicameralism to be found in the United Kingdom facilitates scrutiny that would otherwise not be undertaken. The genesis and impact of post-legislative scrutiny committees are considered, with a focus on the House of Lords and why the use of such committees plays to the strengths of the House.


Norton, P. (2019). Post-legislative scrutiny in the UK Parliament: adding value. Journal of Legislative Studies, 25(3), 340-357.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 25, 2019
Publication Date Jul 3, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 26, 2020
Journal Journal of Legislative Studies
Print ISSN 1357-2334
Electronic ISSN 1743-9337
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 340-357
Keywords UK Parliament; House of Lords; House of Commons; Pre-legislative scrutiny; Post-legislative scrutiny; Select committees; Legislative process
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of legislative studies, 2019. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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