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A Second Chamber for the Scottish Parliament? II

Research output: Working paper

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2015

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NameEdinburgh Law School Working Papers


A revised version of a paper first published in 2003, this paper explores the question of a second chamber for the Scottish Parliament, especially in the light of the absolute majority gained by the SNP in the 2011 Scottish parliamentary elections, and its use of that majority to control the committees of the Parliament. Since the committees were supposed to fulfil the second chamber function of providing an alternative perspective on draft legislation, especially government legislation, their domination by the governing party is a serious problem. At a time when the workings of the Scottish Parliament are also being scrutinised anew in the light of their suitability for increasing powers, it seems useful once again to analyse what a Scottish second chamber might do and what it might look like, making use especially of comparative material.

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